Samantha Jackson (2017) and Dominique Holder (2016)
Meet the Ambassadors
DIALECT USA, LLC recognizes and celebrates the importance of the spoken, the written and the rhythmic word no matter where it originates. We realize that even though the sound of our voices – the inflections & use of language – may change between age, race, gender and cultural lines, we know that when properly harnessed, the voice can become the most powerful tool known to humanity through shared experiences, affirmations of love, pleas for peace and declarations of being.
DIALECT OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD provides artists with the space for expression and the skills for growth as a practitioner of the stage arts. We understand that for many, a simple opportunity is the much needed bridge that can lead to success, and so we provide not only basic training in these areas, but we partner with additional County organizations in creating avenues & windows that will assist in cultivating full-fledged careers in the arts for both youth and for young adults.
CONGRATULATIONS TO 17 YEAR OLD MICHAELA LACY OF ACCOKEEK, MD who soared in every category and passed all requirements to win the title. The final hurdle, a slam competition, was held at the historic Newton White Mansion on Thursday December 21st. Thirteen teen poets stepped up to deliver their best original works in hopes of becoming the #1 youth poet in Prince George's County After a stringent application and interview process, Michaela, (a recently new resident from Wisconson) was an early standout with her extensive resume, as well as impressive responses during the interview portion.
NOW THE WORK BEGINS!! the PGC YPL and the 12 finalists ARE NOW OFFICIAL YOUTH AMBASSADORS TO PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY - sharing the stage with county officials at festivals, town hall meetings and other community events in need of a youth perspective. This is the first step to a professional career as a writer & public speaker - any organizations interested in booking any of our youth poets for any functions, please contact Patrick Washington at 301 237 6684 or Neville Adams at 240 426 2629
This young dynamo has begun her 2018 appointment with a great start after just one week - already creating a platform of Youth Empowerment & establishing an open-door policy for her peers and fellow Poet Ambassadors to confide in her about issues important to them. She now joins Samantha Jackson & Dominique Holder in the history books!
It was The PERFECT way to end the summer!
Thanks to everyone for coming out! Shout out to the Lyrikal Storm Crew & DJ Sly Ty!!
THE CREW REPRESENTS below at the "No Excuse for Dating Abuse" poetry slam last month at Newton White Mansion
MICHAELA LACY - THE 2018 PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY YOUTH POET LAUREATE
Watch the video below to see an early version of the Dialect Program in action - collaborating with the young artists of the DC Creative Writers Workshop at Hart Middle School.