Jasmine Mans + RunDSM + Drake University

Shout-out to Jasmine Mans for joining the RunDSM + Drake University family this week. We were challenged + moved. We will “read more,” and vow to “make other people’s problems as important as our own.” Please keep sharing your truth, Queen.

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Movement 515: Spoken Word + Street Art

We are excited to announce our new format for Movement 515 workshops during the 2014-2015 school year. All spoken word poets will have the opportunity to meet twice weekly, Tuesdays at their home high school and Thursdays at the Des Moines Social Club! We’ve also added a new street art workshop led by Ms. Cassie Kendzora, allowing youth to “get free” and express artistically. All middle and high school youth in Des Moines Public Schools are welcome to attend. Join the movement today!

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RunDSM + Des Moines’ “I Have a Dream” Foundation

Huge shout-out to these beautiful dreamers for getting free with us today! We always love working with these incredible youth + Des Moines’ “I Have a Dream” foundation. We hope to see your faces in one of our crews this school year. Much love.

Des Moines' Dreamers

We are thankful.

Once in a blue moon, there are moments in life where your heart skips a little beat and you have to pinch yourself to make sure you are living in reality. And yesterday, we had one of those moments. We are humbled to share that RunDSM was awarded a $70,000 grant from the United Way of Central Iowa to fund yearlong Movement 515 Spoken Word + Street Art programming for youth in Des Moines Public Schools. With this money, we will bring in national and local teaching artists, purchase equipment to establish a RunDSM student deejay and necessary supplies for our visual artists, fund workshop + venue space across our city so our youth can be fully immersed in artistic spaces, and create a summer spoken word + street art camp, hiring back former Movement 515 poets and artists to keep the magic alive. This funding comes as a result of our youth having the courage to use their powerful voices, speaking up and out about issues that matter. They will play an integral part in determining where and how this money is spent, and learn the importance of management and organization. Please continue supporting United Way and the beautiful young people of our city.

BRAVE NEW VOICES 2014

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All photos courtesy of Emily Lang / RunDSM

Slam Poetry Team Heads to Philadelphia

Shout-out to Mr. Michael Wellman for capturing our journey to Brave New Voices 2014 in Philadelphia! To read the full article, click here!

Body Language: RunDSM + INEZ

Huge shout-out to DSM Magazine for featuring the students of Urban Leadership 101 in their July/August Issue. Students teamed up with local photography duo INEZ to send a message. Click here to see what they had to say!

Minorities on the Move

Today was the final day of Minorities on the Move. And wow, what a way to end. Thank you to our fierce teachers who gave us new chances to build, love, and grow each day. Thank you to our youth mentors for taking the knowledge you’ve gained and giving it to our incredible new young people. And most importantly, thank you to all of the youth who had the courage to show up each day. Your stories are important. YOU are important. We can’t wait to grow this movement, this family, even more next year. Much love!

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