Earl T. Shinhoster Youth Leadership Institute To Feature Tavares Stephens


The Earl T. Shinhoster Youth Leadership Institute is currently accepting applications for its July 10-14, 2017 session. This year’s theme is “Young Leaders WRITE! Telling Our Own Stories”. The Institute will feature writing workshops led by Tavares Stephens, a poet, Spoken Word performer and noted educator and mentor in the Atlanta area.

Mr. Stephens is also co-founder of VerbalEyze, a non-profit organization aimed at fostering the professional growth of emerging teenage and young adult writers, ages 13 to 22. The organization strives to help them develop as writers and find their voice as they mature.

As an English teacher, Mr. Stephens was 2005 Teacher of the Year for Morrow High School and was recognized as Teacher of the Year from Turner Broadcasting System.

He has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his service as an educator and mentor to youth in the metro-Atlanta area.

His poetry runs the gamut of life situations, human emotions, and political and social issues. He weaves the art of storytelling into his work by relating his poetry to stories and experiences that have shaped him as an artist, classroom teacher and servant leader

The Institute will be held July 10-14 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris Street. Registration is open to youth ages 12 to 17. Youth also will participate in interactive and fun learning exercises that promote creativity and entrepreneurship, improved oral and written communication skills, decision making and goal setting techniques, civic responsibility, and a greater appreciation of the rich cultural history of Savannah.

A registration fee of $100.00 includes all materials, snacks, lunch and field trips. The writing of participants completed during the week are expected to be published in an anthology.

Applications are available at Diaspora Market Place 510 Martin Luther King Boulevard or call 912 232-2626. For additional information call Margaret S Carthon at 912- 352-0741 or Lillian Shinhoster at 912- 927-3447.

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