Voices For Change

Voices for Change is an initiative led by a core group of youths and YWP that seeks to help young people gain the skills, confidence and opportunity to express themselves and be heard on issues that matter to them -- social justice, climate change, racial equity. Funded by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, with support from The Bay and Paul Foundations, Physician's Computer Company, the Amy E. Tarrant Foundation, and the Rowland Foundation, this program builds youth leadership, collaborations and audiences for youths to advocate for social justice and change. The project was sparked by the work and leadership of Muslim Girls Making Change with a particular emphasis on helping youths of Muslim faith and youths of color find their voices and feel empowered to speak and be heard. Among the programs: 

  • Leadership opportunities 
  • Writing challenges on issues that matter to you
  • Workshops and residencies in storytelling, poetry and performance poetry
  • Events -- including open-mics and performances (SoundCheck at Burlington City Arts) -- to showcase young people's voices, art, culture and to raise awareness and tolerance
  • Partnerships with groups in Vermont and beyond
Find out more about Muslim Girls Making Change: MGMC's site;
MGMC & YWP Forum on Identity, May 2018;
News release in VtDigger.org;
Seven Days story about conference
MGMC wins national humanitarian award. 
In the Huffington Post
MGMC making America Great, Huffington Post
Questions? Contact YWP Executive Director Susan Reid, [email protected]; (802) 324-9538