Want to help kids change the world? Teach them poetry


Hamilton star Daveed Diggs on

Why Poetry Is The Best Medium For Kids Who Want To Change The World – Huffington Post, Katherine Brooks, July 19, 2016

“What writing a poem really does ― and what figuring how to perform effectively really does ― is forces people to listen to you,” Diggs said. “It frames your thoughts in such a way that grabs people’s attentions and forces them to hear the things that you’re actually saying.”

“These are techniques that you can use forever,” he added. “Learning how to get a point across is pretty useful in any situation.”

Diggs, an alumnus of  Youth Speaks, recently hosted the Brave New Voices grand-slam finale. The theme this year was “What does it mean to be American in the 21st century?”

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