Beat Night is turning 16! To celebrate, on March 19, 2015 we are having a fundraiser for The Light and Leadership Initiative at The Press Room in Portsmouth.
We will have 16 of Beat Night’s most infamous poets, raffle prizes, Beat Might merch and of course The Beat Night Band.
Last May I took a month long trip to Peru and had the privilege of volunteering for The Light and Leadership Initiative. While I was there I took the opportunity to create a Beat Night-style poetry reading for a small group of teenage students, something none of them had ever done before, and it was a huge success.
LLI has opened a teen center in Huaycan to continue the Beat Night workshop which includes the printing of books for their students’ work. Along with paying for the center, they need basic writing supplies for students and printing technology to create the books. Huaycan is a poor but burgeoning city. They don’t have much but they are trying to thrive with what they have and they need our help. Since the recent crisis at our southern border with kids from Central and South America seeking education and opportunity the time has never been more urgent to help. The Light and Leadership Initiative is dealing with this issue at the source, bringing education and empowerment to women, children and young adults in Lima’s most disadvantaged city.
If you can’t make it to The Press Room on March 19th, please consider making a donation on our Indiegogo page.
100% of your donation will be going directly to The Light and Leadership Initiative. I have worked with Lara DeVries and her team of volunteers in Huaycan and I can vouch for their legitimacy and compassion.
See you Thursday, March 19th upstairs at the Press Room!