OPPORTUNITY: Voices for Change – Youth Spoken Word Project

We want to hear your voice!


Voices for Change is a spoken word project hosted by the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation. The project invites Manitoba youth (ages 14-24) to explore social justice through the arts by writing a collaborative spoken word piece and performing it live!

In four sessions, participants will learn about international development and this year’s theme of gender equality, collaborate with a professional spoken word artist, record a video with Tripwire Media, and perform the piece live during International Development Week 2020 (February 2-8, 2020).

Application deadline: November 1, 2019, 11:59 PM


Manitoba youth (ages 14-24) who are interested in spoken word, or related skills like drama, poetry, writing, or hip-hop, and have a passion for social justice are encouraged to apply. The project will be an outlet for youth voices, bringing awareness to important issues through a creative platform.

Throughout the sessions, participants will explore international development and gender equality issues. The sessions will be led by MCIC staff and Steve Locke, a Winnipeg-based spoken word artist. Working together, participants will collaborate and write an original piece, showcasing the power of youth voices. In February, a live performance for the general public, friends and family, MCIC member agencies, and Manitoba politicians will celebrate International Development Week 2020. Their final piece will live on in a video recorded and produced by Tripwire Media, allowing global citizens everywhere to hear and share Manitoba voices.

Interested individuals should complete the application that is linked below. Please note, no experience is necessary but applicants are welcome to showcase any written work or online work (blog, YouTube, gallery, etc.) in the application.

Sessions will take place at MCIC in Winnipeg (302-280 Smith Street).
*travel subsidies and billets are available for participants located outside of Winnipeg.

Applicants must be available to attend the following sessions:

  • Friday, November 8: Learning session (10 am – 4 pm)
  • Saturday, November 9: Creative & Writing (10 am – 4 pm)
  • Friday, November 15: Writing, Editing & Rehearsing (10 am – 4 pm)
  • Saturday, November 16: Recording session (9 am – 12 pm)
  • Tuesday, February 4: Live Performance (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) *subject to change

*an extra practice session will most likely be scheduled for February 2 or 3 (time TBD)
*lunch will be provided at full-day sessions and the live performance

APPLY NOW: bit.ly/VFC-20

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 1, 2019,
11:59 PM

For more information, please contact Grace Van Mil at pe@mcic.ca, or call the MCIC office at 204-987-6420.





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