Los angeles-based nonprofit Get Lit harnesses the power of Spoken Word, technology, and community, to ignite student engagement, literacy, and young voices around the globe; launching impassioned futures that contribute to a better world.
WHO WE ARE
Get Lit’s staff has a breadth of knowledge, experience, expertise, and credentials in the fields of education, poetry, literature, film, media, performing arts, development, and arts administration.
WHAT WE DO – AND WHY
Get Lit – Words Ignite was founded in 2006 in Los Angeles by Diane Luby Lane to increase literacy, empower youth, and energize communities through poetry. Get Lit began with a show that Diane toured with internationally celebrated poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, turning it into a curriculum which transformed youth into poets, leaders, and scholars.
Get Lit has created several standards-aligned course offerings based on the revolutionary Get Lit Model. Students claim a poem that speaks to them, perform it and then write their own spoken word response, speaking back to share their own story!
Get Lit offers in-school and after-school programs, summer camps, competitions, a performance troupe, leadership and job training, and a media content and production studio.
We have deep partnerships with mission-aligned organizations including LAUSD, Turnaround Arts, L.A. County Dept. of Mental Health, Sankofa, Heart of Los Angeles, The United Nations, and The Writers Guild.