As the school year has started, we look forward to the numerous opportunities for Cafe Cultura to present our "Xpress Yourself" spoken word workshop
for youth in the Denver metro area. Our basic version is a one time 1 to 2 hour session. We have used this workshop structure for over six years to encourage Chicana/o and Native youth to use spoken word to give voice to our stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration.
Caf� Cultura has conducted "Xpress Yourself" (basic) workshops for the Bridge Project (all four sites), Carbondale Middle School, Colorado Queer Youth Summit, Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition's Youth Institute, CU's Upward Bound Program, Denver Center for International Studies, Denver East HS (Indian Education), Denver North HS, Escuela Tlatelolco, Fort Morgan HS, Girls Inc, Journey Through Our Heritage, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy, Lakewood HS (Indian Education), LaTEENa Conference, La Raza Youth Leadership Conference and Program, League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) conference, Littleton HS, McElwain Elementary School, Puente Program (YWCA of Boulder), Rangeview HS Diversity Conference, Summer Migrant Leadership Institute, and William Smith HS.
We started our 2nd year offering an advanced/intensive version of "Xpress Yourself,"
as we commit energy to forming long-term relationships with youth and their communities. Partner schools/organizations for 2012-2013 include Bridge Project (Quigg Newton), College Track, Strive Prep SMART, and KIPP Denver Collegiate High School.
In fact, the 9th graders at Strive Prep SMART
have already impressed us. One young woman not only shared her pride in being Western Shoshone. She also recited an amazing spoken word piece. We are excited to introduce our workshop chant that brings us together for our purpose:
It's our responsibility and choice
to express ourselves and lift our voice
Together building unity
leaders in our community
this is how we tell our story.
If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us.