What is the Program?
In 2012 PR-G ended it's formal 4 year partnership with the New York Knicks and Other Partners poetry competition and college fair. We will still be informally involved with the nature of the exiting event which uses the popularity of hip-hop and poetry as a vehicle to motivate and inspire expression through the written and spoken word, we'll bring together high school students from all over the Tri-State area. With the growth of the program, the partners have provided greater opportunities for high school students to use their poetic skills and talents to pursue higher education. The program serves over 30,000 students annually through school site visits, a Poetry Open Audition, a College Fair, Workshops, Poetry Slams and social media.
The Knicks Poetry Slam Program is broken up into two contests, Spoken Word (see above video for a past) and Written. Participants have the option of performing poetry live or by submitting a portfolio of their original work. The Spoken Word and Written Word registration process is online and very easy. Auditions are FREE of charge and all high school students ages 13 – 19 are welcome. Participants in the Spoken Word contest perform poetry live for a chance to win grants to the college of their choice. Written Competition participants submit a portfolio of work including original poetry, an essay about why they write, community service projects and their resume. Winners receive full four year tuition scholarships. The 2011-2012 Program provided students with more than $650,000 in college grants, scholarships and prizes.
Not a Poet or a Writer? Students don't have to be a poet or writer to participate; there is also a free College Fair with 60 colleges represented, college workshops, stage performances and entertainment.