Urban Word NYC

Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college prep, and performance opportunities. With multiyear Meringoff funding, Urban Word is able to launch Word/Works, a new program designed to support students as they envision a workforce that includes them. With multiple visits to creative agencies and businesses, participating students will work closely with industry professionals on service learning projects and have access to coveted industry internship opportunities. 

“Word/Works affirms the notion that creative writers are valuable, not only to enrich our cultural lives, but also in the work force. The value of exposing young creatives to career pathways that they are suited for, can impact, and can enjoy – is an invaluable opportunity and we’re grateful for the Meringoff Foundation’s vision in supporting the launch of this important work.”    Michael Cirelli, UW Executive Director