The Prince George's County Youth Poet Laureate Program (YPL) brings light to our future leaders through poetry, performance, education, human relations & civic engagement across Prince George’s County. The Youth Poet Laureate and 12 Ambassadors serve for one year beginning on January 1. THE PGCYPL Program is a joint venture of Urban Word of NYC and DIALECT of PG County, along with LYRIKAL STORM, with additional collaboration by the American Poetry Museum, the PG County African American Museum, MNCPPC, ECO City Farms, the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, and with generous support from county residents like you.
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Lyrikal Storm is a performance based spoken word/poetry group headquartered in Riverdale and District Heights Maryland. Award winning teacher and Poet Neville Adams galvanizes students to serve as youth activists and champion humanity via the spoken word. Founded by Neville Adams and Aliya B. Carter, Lyrikal Storm started out with just ten students and in twelve years has blossomed into the largest and most prolific teen poetry group in Maryland. With the addition of the Toni Morrison Society Archivist, Novelist, and Executive Director Yvonne Brown in 2004 and Poet/Educator/Slam Champion Clint Smith, coach and mentor Lyrikal Storm has flourished into an Arts In Education Program that shapes artists of all disciplines.
The primary objective of Lyrikal Storm is to hone poetry writing and spoken word skills through workshops, participation in poetry readings, and competition. Five core principals guide Lyrikal Storm: (1) Knowledge is essential. (2) Community/global awareness and involvement is a civic duty. (3) Strive for sophistication, mediocrity is not an option. (4) Critical thinking and speaking is key to mobility. (5) Once a member, always a member.