“I had the good fortune of listening to you speak at our professional development day at Summit Academy on January 20th, 2014. Your message was so powerful and clear to me! To understand that everyone has a story – whether it be good, bad or ugly. To be more understanding of others and show compassion; to not be so quick to judge and instead to be more tolerant.
Thank you for sharing your stories and struggles with us and being so open with your lives and experience. You guys are TRULY AMAZING & INSPIRING! To hear where you came from and to see where you are today, it’s just beyond words.”Kate Dolce
Speak It Forward (SiF) has been a registered 501(c)3 since 2009 and it’s mission is:
- Speak it Forward, Inc., is dedicated to transforming the lives of youth and adults by using spoken-word poetry as a vehicle to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, break down barriers and instill a sense of empowerment and community.
SiF believes that it is our vulnerability that makes us strong, not just as people, but also as speakers. Learning to take “what we know” and turning it into a deeper awareness of our world through writing is what makes Kirk and Gabriel’s poetry universal and tangible to audiences and this is why they co-founded the non-profit arm of their work, Speak It Forward Inc.
Through fun, funny and emotionally poignant activities and dialogue, we are able to tap into the potential of a writer (student, professional, you name it) and unleash that potential through the art of spoken word. The educational process takes people on a journey from self-exploration to one of personal transformation through the use of poetry mechanics, word play and raw honesty. Then we share (through performances) our “scars”, as they exist in our lives and in our writings, with each other. It is this powerful sharing that makes us better writers, better people and more connected with the world around us.