Youth Voices 2023

Read And Write Kalamazoo and The Kalamazoo Civic are proud to present another year of Youth Voices!

In the fall of 2022, a group of young people in Kalamazoo set about to explore the art of the monologue in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Drawing inspiration from MLK and his contemporaries, as well as modern practitioners of the oral tradition, youth decided what ideas and issues they felt called to speak on. With support from Read and Write Kalamazoo and The Kalamazoo Civic, these young people crafted and performed their original monologues.

These are their stories!

Thank you so much to the youth who participated! Your experiences and stories matter and your words have power. Thank you for sharing them with us and with your community.