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.
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.
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!
We believe in the power of youth educating youth, and this Monday, a dream will become a reality. 12 incredible youth + 6 fierce educators will teach “Minorities on the Move” to 150 incoming 9th graders in Des Moines Public Schools! They will spend 10 days traveling, reading, writing, creating, and discussing issues surrounding minority history on Drake University’s campus. Send some energetic reciprocity to some of the brightest young people we know!