2016 Team P.O.M.E. Articles

Trystan Loustau

Jacksonville’s Youth Poet Laureate Joins City Slam Team Written By:  Desirae Lee Trystan Loustau is a self proclaimed “big idea” thinker. Which is quite evident because this past January she was named Jacksonville’s first ever youth poet laureate. Loustau attends Stanton College Preparatory High school and is a sixteen-year-old rising junior. Her experience within the...

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Jazmyn Spikes

Home-School Youth Flourishes Through Spoken Word Written By: Desirae Lee Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking public school budgets even though they're proven to improve academic performance. According to DoSomething.og Federal funding for the arts and humanities rolls in around $250 million a year, while the National Science Foundation is...

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Bryn Glennon

BNV inspires youth poet to write for creative solutions Written By: Desirae Lee “Before BNV it was difficult for me to find inspiration,” said rising high school junior and youth spoken word artist Bryn Glennon. Glennon is a veteran member of JYPS (Jax Youth Poetry Slam) team P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) and is currently...

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Cecilia Jackson

A MOTHER IS REUNITED WITH POETRY THROUGH HER SON Written By; Desirae Lee A slam team’s journey to the Brave New Voices (BNV) competition involves several different people. Coaches, students, sponsors, and team captain each play a unique role to prepare for this annual, five-day poetry festival and slam competition held by Youth Speaks. This...

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Nyla Stanford

The Leader of JYPS Aims to Win BNV Written By: Desirae Lee Photo credit: Desirae Lee and Daniel Schaffer Jax Youth Poetry Slam (JYPS) based in Jacksonville, Florida will be taking a team of students to Washington D.C. for Brave New Voices (BNV), a five day poetry event and competition. BNV is an annual festival...

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Oli Harris

Youth Poet Speaks on LGBTQ Equality and Following His Dream Written by: Desirae Lee Oli Harris is a rising eighth grader at Oceanway middle school. He is an energetic, well spoken, and one of the most confident pre-teens I’ve ever met. I got the chance to speak with Harris about his poetic journey, his experience...

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