Today California Poets in the Schools launches our 2020 year-end appeal.  Our goal is to raise $60,000 by December 31st, and to bring the power of poetry to over 20,000 youth in 2021.

Members of the CalPoets' Board of Directors have challenged us to match their donations up to $5,000 by the end of this month.  Your contribution made between now and November 30th will have double the impact on California Poets in the Schools' educational programs across the state.

2020 has brought with it unprecedented challenges.  Mental health crises are on the rise amongst adolescents.  CalPoets' programs have pivoted almost entirely to online instruction.  While the format has changed, the powerful nature of the work has not.  Our poetry classes help students to feel more connected to themselves, to those around them, and to the world as a whole.  The act of creating and sharing poetry in school allows young people to feel immediately less isolated and can be a powerful step in helping to overcome loneliness.  

Writing poetry allows young people to contribute to the larger community dialogue on social justice, climate change and other pressing issues of our time.  Sharing poetry aloud with peers can create bridges that foster empathy and understanding. 

In these times, California youth need poetry more than ever.

Please consider showing your support for California Poets in the Schools early this year, and help us leverage this generous matching gift and opportunity from the CalPoets' board to make your dollar stretch even further.  Click here to make a donation.

With gratitude,

Meg Hamill

Executive Director

Publications & Events
CalPoets will publish a series of artistically designed broadsides, featuring poetry from California youth.  We aim to launch the electronic versions of these broadsides to the wider community, and offer physical copies (of their own work) to all the young poets whose poems are accepted for publication. Selected youth will be invited to participate in a private master class with Juan Felipe Herrera, 21st U.S. Poet Laureate. Click to learn more.
Please join California Poets in the Schools for a free, community open mic at 7pm, Sunday, December 13th.  The event is part of a quarterly series of open mic events meant to foster community amongst our network.  Daryl Ngee Chinn and Blake More will join as featured readers.  Fernando Salinas will emcee.  Click for more info and to register.
Our NEW mailing address is:
California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets)
PO Box 1328
Santa Rosa, CA  95402
(415) 221-4201

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