A few of the Young Poets of Louisville | Photo by D.M. Meyer, courtesy of Young Poets

In only its second year as a nonprofit organization, Young Poets of Louisville has received a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, which gave out similar awards to 80 nonprofits across the country.

According to a press release, the organization will use the funds to help start the Young Poets Ambassadors Program, which will offer stipends to students ages 13-19 who want to implement poetry projects in their schools and communities.

Young Poets, which was founded by Mackenzie Berry, offers a place for young people to develop themselves through the written and spoken expression of poetry. Among its many offerings are free writing workshops and youth poetry slams.

“This program puts money in the hands of young people because they know what is needed in their communities and schools in ways that people outside of it or in a different position cannot,” said Berry in the release.

Poet Lance Newman | Photo by Hannah Phillips

Louisville poet Lance Newman serves as the executive director of the organization. He believes it’s imperative for a city to have places like Young Poets to inspire younger generations.

“The youth will change this city, but there have to be outlets like this for anything to move,” he said.

Young Poets is seeking applications for its Young Poets Ambassadors Program. Anyone interested can find more info on the nonprofit’s website.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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