Get Involved

PYPM has several ways for people to get involved.  If you are interested in facilitating a workshop; volunteering; interning; sponsoring an event, program, or project; or partnering with our organization, please read the information below.

Facilitate a Workshop:

PYPM is always looking to add high quality teaching artists to our list of facilitators.   If you are applying to teach with PYPM for the first time, we ask for you to send your resume to as well as filling out the following Lesson Plan Template.  If you have taught with us before, you are encouraged to submit ideas and plans for a four-week series or an individual, one-week lesson plan.  You can find the template for the four week series here: Series Lesson Plan Template.  Our workshops are designed to help youth of all different learning styles to hone their creative writing and performance skills, participate in thought-provoking, meaningful discussion, collaborate with their peers, and build their confidence and overall self-esteem.  All lessons must include a list of materials, 1-3 objectives, a text (poem, video clip, article, story excerpt, series of photos, etc.), open-ended, thought provoking discussion questions, a collaborative activity, and a writing prompt.  The order of these requirements is up to the facilitator.

Several additional details about workshops:

  • All workshops last the duration of an hour and 15 minutes.
  • Workshops are currently offered on Saturdays from 1:00-2:15.
  • Facilitators must be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of their workshop.
  • This year, PYPM is able to compensate our facilitators at a rate of $100 per hour.
  • For alumni who have recently aged out of youth programs and are interested in gaining teaching experience, we will be hosting a new facilitators training program in the spring.

If you have any questions on facilitating a workshop or the lesson planning process, please contact


As an entirely volunteer-run organization, PYPM values our volunteers.  All of our Youth Night events are run by PYPM youth and alumni who set up our materials, greet our audience members, sell merchandise, and host our open mic and poetry slam.  All of our judges for Youth Night and Slam League are artists, educators, and community members who volunteer their time to come out and listen to what our young people have to say.  Our Slam League is made possible because of the educators who volunteer countless hours to stay after school creating a safe space for youth to write, perform, form meaningful relationships with their peers, talk openly, build confidence, and feel encouraged and supported.  We are fortunate to have dedicated members of the community who offer their time, knowledge, and expertise towards supporting our mission. 

Below are several ways we could use your support.  If your area of expertise does not fit in with one of these areas, please feel free to reach out and offer a way in which you think you can best serve our organization.

Ways You Can Volunteer:

  • Catering youth celebrations (holiday party, regional picnic, and end of the year celebration).
  • Event staffing.
  • Judging Slams.
  • Staffing workshops. (Experience in the field of education or social work preferred.  Clearances are required.)
  • Grant Writing (Experience required – serious inquiries only).
  • Editing Poems.
  • Coaching a youth poetry team.
  • Organizing and executing community service opportunities.

To volunteer, email with a brief description of how you would like to get involved.



PYPM offers internships on a limited basis.  Past interns have served in the following capacity:

  • Interpreting organizational data
  • Updating social media sites
  • Promoting workshops and upcoming events, including Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival,
  • Soliciting in-kind donations,
  • Facilitating several poetry workshops,
  • Participating in space renovation projects
  • Working with a team of PYPM youth to send out thank you letters to our donors.

If you are interested in interning with PYPM, send your resume to along with an email conveying why you want to intern at PYPM and how you would be a good fit for the organization.

Sponsor a Program, Event, or Project:

PYPM is always looking for companies and individuals who are interested in sponsoring our events and programming.  Below are some of our current sponsorship opportunities:

  • PYPM International Slam Team
  • PYPM Slam Finals
  • PYPM Slam League
  • Writing Workshops
  • Media Support

Sponsorship Levels:

  • Haiku ($100 – $499)
  • Sonnet ($500 – $999)
  • Ballad ($1,000 – $4,999)
    • Recognition on our website
  • Narrative ($5,000 – $9,999)
    • Recognition on our website
    • Logo placement on all t-shirts
  • Epic ($10,000 +)
    • Recognition on our website
    • Logo placement on all t-shirts
    • Logo displayed at events
    • Logo listed on sponsorship wall at The Haven

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email


If you are looking to form a partnership with PYPM, please email with information about your organization or institution and how you are interested in partnering.


Your donations directly support our programs, projects, events, and operations.  Your generosity makes a difference.