Illuminate Literacy Entrepreneurs, a program of Know Allegiance Nation, seeks to combat illiteracy and encourage entrepreneurship in inner city youth ages 8-17 through literary art. In the program, youth will refine their reading, writing and speech skills through poetry and performance. Learn entrepreneurship skills by creating a product (via audio production and chapbook making); as well as learn how to market the products and their services through a youth led open mic series.
At the end of the 6-8 week program, youth artists have the chance to compete in a poetry slam for prizes that will support their artistic and entrepreneur endeavors. Prizes include a computer, artist fellowship and, publication, performance and recording opportunities.