sea of privilege and poverty . . . But language can bring together
what even highways cannot." -- Tayllor Johnson (Teen Get Lit Player)
Dear Families & Friends,
In just six short years, Get Lit has become one of Southern California's leading providers of programs devoted to teen literacy -- turning thousands of at-risk Los Angeles high school students on to the power of poetry! We wouldn't be where we are today without your generous financial support. You have helped us bring arts education to over 16,000 Los Angeles teens!!!
But we have more work to do! Current literacy statistics show that California ranks 2nd to last in the nation. Estimates put Los Angeles County high school drop out rates around 50% and state funding cuts will take an even more devastating toll on education in California where many school arts programs have been eradicated.
Get Lit is making progress in fighting against these statistics and this year we are embarking upon our most ambitious year yet by launching the first ever CLASSIC SLAM poetry event which will give teens from areas like Watts, Hollywood, the Valley, Beverly Hills, S. Angeles, Compton, Malibu, etc... the chance to share their stories and compete for poetic supremacy!
But we need to raise $75,000 to cover core operating expenses and to make this event happen! We have already secured $25,000 and I am writing to ask for your support so we can secure the remaining $50,000.
Epic($1,000) -Helps provide 1 semester-long in-school program
Sonnet($500) - Makes possible one "Get Lit Player" Performance reaching 200-1,000 students
Ballad($250) - Provides 5 after school classes for up to 30 teens (each)
Limerick($100) - Provides one all-day Get Lit workshop for 15 students
Villanelle($50) - Covers Get Lit workshop materials for 10 students
Haiku($25) - Covers Get Lit workshop materials for 5 students
You can donate to Get Lit in a variety of ways. It's as easy as a click of a button. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover. Visithttp://getlit.org/support.asp or send checks to: Get Lit - Words Ignite, 142 N. Hayworth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Please help us reach more of our community's teens and inspire them to a world of learning through participation in the arts. Ask your friends and family to join us and check for employer matching programs. All donations are tax deductible and every gift counts! Together we can watch the teens in our own communities THRIVE!
Thank you so much for your generosity!
Sincerely, Diane Luby Lane Founder and Executive Director