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PYPM offers standards-based, student-centered, creative writing and performance workshop residencies during and after school hours. Our workshops help students bolster their literacy skills, help them express their emotions, creatively connect to core content, build classroom community, and enhance their public speaking and critical thinking skills. PYPM can tailor workshops to fit classroom curriculum and specific needs of your community space. Workshops use culturally responsive material that reflects the diversity of students. Past residency topics include: “The Landscape of My Identity,” “The Power of Words,” “Hip-Hop Meets Poetry,” “Exploring My Community,” and more.



PYPM is home to the top youth poets in the Philadelphia-area who perform and compete on both local and national stages. PYPM won championships at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in 2011 and 2007, and has performed at City Hall, the Kimmel Center, TedxPhilly, and hundreds of schools, colleges, conferences and venues. Whether you want to feature youth poets for a live performance at your special event or school, or have PYPM host a slam/open mic to promote self-expression to your students – PYPM poets will leave audiences of all kinds inspired.


Through a showcase of spoken word poetry and motivational speaking, PYPM taps into the lives of students from diverse backgrounds and encourages them to recognize the power they possess using their voices to create positive change in their lives and in their community. PYPM mentors and youth poets join to create an inspiring performance that:

  • Addresses pressing issues around identity, bullying, power of words, violence, apathy, unhealthy habits/relationships, and lack of self-esteem
  • Encourages healthy life choices
  • Promotes literacy, education, and leadership
  • Fosters character development, respect, healing, and self-love


PYPM offers a series of professional development workshops designed to help teachers find ways to implement creative practices into their curriculum. We believe that teachers can use spoken word as a medium to:

  • Design engaging and effective lesson plans
  • Affirm students’ identities and voices
  • Improve classroom climate and strengthen peer relationships
  • Enhance literacy and communication skills
  • Create safe spaces for expression and emotional healing
  • Help students make meaningful, real world connections

We provide training on a series of practices that can be used in all major content areas, with a specific focus on English, History, Creative Writing, Drama, and Public Speaking classes. Our teaching artists are experienced in designing and implementing curriculum in the classroom, addressing diverse learning styles, and advising teachers on best practices.

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