Toyota Supports Detroit Students Through Spoken Word Youth Competition

InsideOut Literary Arts, an award-winning organization headquartered in Detroit, announced the winners of its 2021 Performance Troupe supported by Toyota Motor North America.  The Performance Troupe is part of the organization’s Citywide Poets afterschool program, which provides teens with weekly creative writing workshops, publications, and performance opportunities.  For over two decades, InsideOut Literary Arts has reached more than 65,000 students in schools throughout Metro Detroit and published nearly 500 school literary journals.

Students Algeonay Jackson, Fiona Colson, Alayae Hicks, Cassidy Howard, and Ife Martin rose to the top as winners of the 2021 Youth Performance Troupe competition.  The Performance Troupe will be led by Coach LaShaun Phoenix Moore, a Detroit-based vocalist, spoken word artist, and culture creator who will help them fine-tune their skills.

InsideOut’s Performance Troupe is comprised of students in the Citywide Poets program who strive to further develop their skills in self-expression and performance, under the direct guidance and support from coaches. Through a competitive submission process, four to five students are selected annually. These talented teens have opportunities to grow their craft, work with professional writers as mentors, perform to wide-reaching audiences, and become spokespeople for the power of youth voice.

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