a Chicago non-profit that brings together young people—ages 8-12—from diverse and interfaith communities for partnership, expression and friendship through poetry, spoken word, rhythm, music and art. We also serve to build bridges and relationships among participating schools, parents and communities through dialogue, education, performance and outreach.
Poetry Pals creates an environment for children to come together, share their cultural experiences, and write and perform their own poems. The children learn tools to better express themselves and listen with respect to others, and along the way gain appreciation for other cultures and strengthen their own pride and self-esteem.
To date, our programs have brought together more than 1,700 students, educators and family members from diverse groups—including Muslim, Christian and Jewish day schools—and we look forward to collaborating with other faith-based and diverse community partners.
For the best video snapshot of Poetry Pals in action, watch this Chicago Tribune video:
For more recent videos, please visit our videos page.
You can also watch this past interview with Poetry Pals Director Adam Shames (below) and student on a local television program: