Lifting Voices

Lifting Voices www.liftingvoices.org give people the power of words — give their words to people in power Lifting Voices is a nonprofit, grassroots organization which helps young people discover and share their voices in order to grow, find joy, and accomplish change.

Lifting Voices conducts writing workshops, gathers oral history on contemporary social issues, and provides youth perspectives to policy makers and the community as a whole. Our vision is that the words of young people will heal, inspire, and instruct families, communities, and people in power. Our approach is comprehensive. We improve lives from the bottom up and from the top down. Our bottom-up work is done through our writing workshops. In the workshops, we give under-served youth a meaningful connection to words. We show them that the written word is a powerful thing. We show them their voices matter. Our top-down work is done through our oral history program. In the oral history program, we share the stories of people living on the fault lines of fractured communities with decision makers. We give them voices of experience. And we give those voices a meaningful outlet for their knowledge.

Mission: Give people the power of words — Give their words to people in power

08/16/2011

Tomorrow our YOUNG PEOPLE will present their Neighborhood Sustainability Plan at the DC COUNCIL!

08/02/2011

MANY THANKS go out to Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar for hosting our young people today!

07/27/2011

Question of the Week:
As our young people discuss their life dreams and annual dollar figures that correspond, we ask you:

Could YOUR dream come true if you did NOT have any money?

07/21/2011
Walmart Respect DC Flash Mob

What's more exciting than a flash mob?! A flash mob that includes a full BAND, sweet PROPS, and an important MESSAGE to Respect DC and Respect Associates! This video rocks, and it's a perfect example of Building Community Sustainability!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GkV9SulE-LQ#at=101

Respect DC flashmobbed Walmart to send a message to the world's largest retailer. The message was LOUD and clear: Respect DC and Respect Associates. Thanks t...

07/21/2011

While our young people discuss the proper channels of career advancement...we are interested to know, would YOU ever accept a promotion if you knew it was based on your physical attributes and not merit?

07/19/2011

Is it better to be rational or an idealist? Today our students discuss the Keirsey Temperament Sorter.

How would you change your neighborhood? Check out the creative projects our youth finished this week!
07/15/2011

How would you change your neighborhood? Check out the creative projects our youth finished this week!

Our Neighborhoods Re-imagined
07/14/2011

Our Neighborhoods Re-imagined

07/12/2011

What makes your neighborhood unique?

We’re into the second week of our summer program, Building a Sustainable Community, and our youth have brainstormed some compelling responses!

How is YOUR community special?

06/03/2011
ABLE HQ Problem Solving Pantomime

Our TALENTED kids created a pantomime to teach the steps for solving a problem. This video is amazing! (Make sure you watch all the way to the very end for a fun little surprise!)

06/02/2011
Problem Solving Rap | Lifting Voices

Wanna HEAR how awesome our kids are?! Click on this link to access the rap song our 4th graders created!

4th grade students at Walker Jones create a rap song about problem solving.

Who knew making a mime video could be so much fun!  Here's a still shot from shooting day one as Tyla and Kirah (one of ...
05/26/2011

Who knew making a mime video could be so much fun! Here's a still shot from shooting day one as Tyla and Kirah (one of our amazing volunteers) pose between takes.

05/18/2011

So, thinking about having the kids in our programs do little consulting projects for area organizations. You know, like "10 teens advise Howard Theater on how the arts can improve Shaw." What do you think?

Our board fellow, Miriam, takes a peek at how our middle-schoolers solve problems.  Next up: they make their own MIME mo...
05/16/2011

Our board fellow, Miriam, takes a peek at how our middle-schoolers solve problems. Next up: they make their own MIME movie about problem solving. Yeah, you read that right.

You have to see this mini-doc. It's about a friend, Alezandra Russell, who left all the comforts of a life in the 'burbs...
05/10/2011
Beyond the Bars | 2011 Finalists || DOC CHALLENGE

You have to see this mini-doc. It's about a friend, Alezandra Russell, who left all the comforts of a life in the 'burbs to serve boys trapped in the Thai sex trade. Who among us has a heart this big?

The International Documentary Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmaking teams from around the world have just 5 days to make a short documentary film.

05/07/2011

Just had a training with three really kind and committed volunteers for our domestic violence shelter workshops. You know what's the best thing on Earth? People who love people.

05/05/2011

Wanna get involved with Lifting Voices? We're looking for volunteers and interns to help with our writing workshops and our administrative team. If you're interested, please view our listings on idealist.com or send us a message at [email protected]!

This is Khali the fellow and I'm thinking about the summer when my family has a water fight!!
05/03/2011

This is Khali the fellow and I'm thinking about the summer when my family has a water fight!!

04/22/2011

Many thanks to YOU! We've made our $5,000 goal to raise the funds needed to publish Counter Culture. Want to add icing to the cake? We'll use anything above this mark to publish more books and support our kids. THANK YOU!

Last week in the domestic violence shelter where we work, we helped kids talk about what makes them happy.  For one elem...
04/20/2011

Last week in the domestic violence shelter where we work, we helped kids talk about what makes them happy. For one elementary-age boy, that's dinosaurs. Watch out, art world. This boy's got talent to burn.

Our official Youth Fellow, Khali, wrote that he likes his neighborhood because of the basketball and fireworks, but does...
04/19/2011

Our official Youth Fellow, Khali, wrote that he likes his neighborhood because of the basketball and fireworks, but doesn't like the gunshots and people who smoke on his porch. Here's Khali's heart . . .

Well, the party continues.  DC Socialite just posted on our video.  It's a goodie.  DC Socialite joins DC Gastronome, Sw...
04/14/2011
Counter Culture

Well, the party continues. DC Socialite just posted on our video. It's a goodie. DC Socialite joins DC Gastronome, Sweetgreen, Bitches Who Brunch, and DC Fud. Many smiles! Thanks to all. Here's what the buzz is about:

A coffee-table book that shares food histories from Lifting Voices kids. We're a nonprofit. We believe all kids have something to say.

Got $5?  If you donate just $5, we'll be $5 closer to our goal of raising a grant total of $1,997 in the next 17 days to...
04/12/2011
Counter Culture

Got $5? If you donate just $5, we'll be $5 closer to our goal of raising a grant total of $1,997 in the next 17 days to publish Counter Culture. Or, what the heck--donate $25 and get a free burger at Good Stuff! And we'll love you forever and ever.

A coffee-table book that shares food histories from Lifting Voices kids. We're a nonprofit. We believe all kids have something to say.

Here's one of the cuties from the movie about our Counter Culture book.
04/04/2011

Here's one of the cuties from the movie about our Counter Culture book.

As of this exact minute, we're 21% of the way to funding the publication of our book, Counter Culture.  We've got to get...
04/04/2011
Counter Culture

As of this exact minute, we're 21% of the way to funding the publication of our book, Counter Culture. We've got to get to 100% by April 29. There's a really killer little movie here.

A coffee-table book that shares food histories from Lifting Voices kids. We're a nonprofit. We believe all kids have something to say.

It's FINALLY HAPPENING: Lifting Voices, is publishing a coffee-table book that tells kids' food stories!  It's a nonprof...
03/31/2011
Counter Culture

It's FINALLY HAPPENING: Lifting Voices, is publishing a coffee-table book that tells kids' food stories! It's a nonprofit, great cause, and you can impact a child's life with even a small contribution. The video rocks; contributors get cool stuff. Check it out and donate now!

A coffee-table book that shares food histories from Lifting Voices kids. We're a nonprofit. We believe all kids have something to say.

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