Slam Out Loud: Empower children with a voice

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Slam Out Loud is an initiative under the organization Arts for Social Change India (ASCI), that is on the mission to use the tremendous power of arts to create a society where “Every individual has a voice” and is empowered to lead and further social change. Through arts-based creative expression (poetry, visual art, and theatre) programs, within low-income communities, we strive to consciously build leadership, expression and mindfulness across youth and children.

We are committed to providing a platform for wide-ranging civic discourse and envision a world where all children and youth, irrespective of their caste, social status, and gender can turn their challenges into possibilities. We create art based spaces and experiences where they can dream bigger, achieve more and create the future.

The Problem we are trying to address:              
            

The prevalence of art education in schools has been on the decline. With a race for marks and academic excellence, less importance is given to arts education for the holistic development of the children. The worst hit of this is faced by students in low-income communities whose parents cannot afford the expensive arts classes available outside but not in the school/community setting.


While we continue to live in a time where dreams for the children from low-income communities are largely limited to the security of employment, we believe that something as fundamental as finding our voice, being able to express oneself should not be limited to the privileged class.


In a ten-year national study by Shirley Brice Heath of Stanford University, it was discovered that young people who are involved in highly effective non-school arts-based community programs in under-resourced communities, in comparison with a national sample of students were:
  • Four times more likely to win an academic award
  • Eight times more likely to receive a community service award.
  • Three times more likely to win a school attendance award.
  • Four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair.
  • Likely to score higher on their test scores if they have been involved for more than four years of after-school arts study.
Several new research findings similar to this now show the importance of arts education in a student’s life. A well-rounded educational experience that includes the arts is closely linked to academic achievement, social and emotional development, increased motor skills, language development, better decision making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness, increased focus and confidence and fostering values of collaboration, perseverance, and accountability.


 Who are we: 
In their work with disadvantaged children, where they saw many  manifestations of  children not having a voice in their own lives, two Teach For India (TFI) fellows, Jigyasa Labroo and Gaurav Singh, in Dec 2014 founded  the ripple of Slam out Loud in an attempt to extend hands, heads and hearts into creating a collective of powerful voices.
They have led leadership development for multiple organizations over the years and have been TEDx speakers, recipients of multiple awards and recognitions and  are currently being incubated by the Delhi government.

In the highly selective Jijivisha fellowship, we have artist fellows with varied levels of professional experience - college students, working youth, experienced professionals, freelance artists and entrepreneurs.

Where we've come:

SOL has supported more than 3500 children and youth, in 9 states in India. The diverse group of individuals ranges from school and college students to parents and entrepreneurs to social workers and vulnerable groups like jail inmates and children from an orphanage and a blind school.

With our program, The Jijivisha Fellowship, now in its second year, that places professional artists (poets, storytellers, theatre artists) in under-resourced classrooms, we are impacting 2000 children and 25 fellows to build them into lifelong leaders as artists for social change.

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How can you help:
You can help in multiple ways, two of them are outlined below.

1. Funds: No amount is too small. It is your intent and the action attached to it that matters. We have, in order to help you make informed decision and to select a cause, shared with you the breakdown of the costs.

Creating Sustainable Impact on Children: Your contribution will go towards transportation, stationery and workshop costs for children.
To sponsor stationary for 1 child for a year contribute: 1000 ₹
To sponsor reading material for 1 child for a year contribute: 1500₹
 To sponsor showcase opportunity trip for 1 child for a year contribute: 500 ₹

Creating Sustainable Impact on Artists: Your contribution will go towards training, development and reimbursement cost for the artists. 
To sponsor one artist’s yearly expense, contribute: 6000 ₹
One artist works with a group of 40 children weekly.

Creating a sustainable institution: Your contribution will go towards setting up the space and ecosystem of support for the program and its beneficiaries.
To sponsor rent for our community-owned space for a month contribute: 10000 ₹
To sponsor operational cost for the space for a month contribute: 1500 ₹
To set up a library for children contribute: 26000 ₹

2. Skill, Time and Space: If you or your organization, would like to support us with your skills and time or happy to provide free spaces to hold sessions, please send us your CV and area of interest at slamoutloud@gmail.com

Bring your skills of visualizing: Creating short stories and documentaries, social media campaigning or website designing. Help us design our narrative.

Connect us with your companies, colleges, clubs, corporate or Individuals who resonate with our vision. We are looking for partners to amplify our work.

If you believe in what we do, please share this story with your friends and relatives. This is as much an awareness campaign as it is a fundraiser.

Find out more about us:
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slamoutloud
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slamoutloud
Tedx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkmNgWGJ6fo
Covered by Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/videos/lifestyle-video/slam-out-loud-changing-world-through-poetry/Published by The Logical Indian: https://thelogicalindian.com/my-social-responsibility/poetry-kids-opinion/
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16th November 2017
Dear Supporters,

Here are few updates on our campaign.
Update 1:

Suraj and Supriya from BOL crew of Slam Out Loud were invited to perform at Spoken Fest 2017 organized by Kommune in Mumbai. Their performance covering issues on politics, misuse of technology and self growth received a standing ovation from crowd of 2000 people. The first ever spoken fest, gave them an opportunity to interact and learn from ever inspiring artists like Raghu Dixit, Zakir Khan, Piyush Mishra and Ankur Tiwari. An exposure platform to this degree, reaffirmed our belief, "Where you come from, does not dictate where you go".

Update 2 :


The first weekend of November saw induction of our second cohort of fellows. Selected from a pool of more than 70 applications, our 25 Jijivisha fellows passionate and skilled in theatre, poetry and storytelling will begin conducting workshops in 25 community learning centres and NGOs across Delhi, impacting more than 750 children.
The 2-day induction provided them with a space to formally and informally connect with each other and the program, understand basics of facilitation and dive deeper into creating a contextual arts curriculum. We are excited to be a part of sessions starting this week and witness joy and magic that will be created by fellows and children.

Thank you for your support and love.
Regards

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