LitClub students worked with Megan, Michelle, and local spoken-word poet "Gold" writing poetry based on LitClub's Seven Strengths: Belonging, Curiosity, Friendship, Kindness, Confidence, Courage and Hope. Each student wrote two poems, and rehearsed with Gold to learn performance techniques.They were happy to learn the process, and Gold maintained the praise-centric environment essential to LitClub's success. One of our students commented that she will use this style to present her reports in school.
The evening was a great success. The LitClub students dressed up, presented their poems beautifully, received a great round of applause from the audience of about 100 people, AND saw performances by other young people -- ballet dancers and string musicians.
Vassar is, in fact, just two miles from downtown Poughkeepsie, but for many of our girls, it's a world away. Our partnership with Vassar College allows these young people to see what's possible; in fact, students from Mill Street Loft have gone on to Vassar on full scholarship. Programs like Modfest give our students the opportunity to open doors to their future.