When I was in 7th grade, my teacher, Mrs. Roberts, received a grant to have Kinetic Affect come into our classroom to help us write spoken word poetry. Kinetic Affect was one of the best things that had ever happened to me. It inspired me to start working on poetry to get my mind off other things happening in my life. Until this day I still write poetry because of how big an impact working with Kinetic Affect had on me. It helped me get things out that I had kept bottled in for so long about school and how I really felt about my grades. I can honestly say that I really wish everyone could get the chance to work with them. I think they’d inspire so many more than me. Thank you Kinetic Affect for giving me the opportunity to work with you and thank you for inspiring me to express how I feel through my spoken word poetry.Mason Holmes, 9th Grade, Battle Creek
Speak It Forward (SiF) has been a registered 501(c)3 since 2009 and it’s mission is:
- Speak it Forward, Inc., is dedicated to transforming the lives of youth and adults by using spoken-word poetry as a vehicle to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, break down barriers and instill a sense of empowerment and community.
SiF believes that it is our vulnerability that makes us strong, not just as people, but also as speakers. Learning to take “what we know” and turning it into a deeper awareness of our world through writing is what makes Kirk and Gabriel’s poetry universal and tangible to audiences and this is why they co-founded the non-profit arm of their work, Speak It Forward Inc.
Through fun, funny and emotionally poignant activities and dialogue, we are able to tap into the potential of a writer (student, professional, you name it) and unleash that potential through the art of spoken word. The educational process takes people on a journey from self-exploration to one of personal transformation through the use of poetry mechanics, word play and raw honesty. Then we share (through performances) our “scars”, as they exist in our lives and in our writings, with each other. It is this powerful sharing that makes us better writers, better people and more connected with the world around us.