Students at Detroit’s Cody High School got a crash course on the city’s Chapter 9 filing from a local reporter so that they could write their own take on the lingering effects of the bankruptcy.
Niema Jordan is the program manager for the Off/Page Project, The Center for Investigative Reporting's collaboration with Youth Speaks. Her career has included working at Essence magazine, a stint as the assistant director of the Jewish Music Festival and teaching at Youth Radio. Her work has appeared in Ebony, Shareable and Oakland Local. Jordan graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's in magazine journalism and African American studies, and she is currently working toward master’s degrees in documentary film and public health from the University of California, Berkeley. Jordan is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office and Youth Speaks' San Francisco office.
Some of the city’s young poets will perform at Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later, a community forum presented by public radio station WDET and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.
The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival is a poetry slam at its core. But it also offers young people an opportunity to dig deeply into issues that affect their day-to-day lives and share their experiences with peers.
“Locked [In],” by poet Gabriel Cortez, depicts the disturbing reality that many youth face in solitary confinement.
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