2018 Grantee Profile: Speakers U
Updated: Dec 17, 2021
Speakers U is a program facilitated by Lance Constantine and designed to help young black males 18-29 years old living in the Ward 6: Etobicoke-Lakeshore area learn the art of storytelling. Youth learn storytelling through the framework of public speaking training and communication techniques, using the art forms of creative writing, spoken word, poetry, and monologues. For the 2018 ArtReach-funded round of programming, workshops ran from August to December 2018, serving creative expressions of allegory, and had a direct, personal and emotional impact on participants’ self-identity. Through the experience gained through workshop activities and ongoing weekly training, participants were able to coordinate a showcase event to present their works to a live audience.