Young Chicago Authors

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Young Chicago Authors (YCA) encourages self-expression and literacy among Chicago's youth through creative writing performance and publication. YCA provides student-centered, artist-led workshops - free to youth ages 13-19 in schools and communities. With a process that emphasizes artistic development and mentorship, YCA aims to create safe spaces where a young person's life matters. The organization and its leadership believes that through their words, young people can promote tolerance and remove barriers, transforming their lives and society.

WBEZ is proud to be a presenting partner of Young Chicago Author's Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Festival. Each year, Festival Finalists are brought in studio to record their work, which can be heard here.

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