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When was Get Lit founded?

Get Lit was founded by Diane Luby Lane in 2006 in Los Angeles. It started in three high schools, Fairfax, Fremont, and Walt Whitman Continuation, and now we are in over 100!

I want to join the board!

We are always looking for people who bring particular skill sets to our Executive, Advisory, and Young Professionals Boards. If you are interested, please reach out at

Who are Get Lit’s funders?

Assuming you mean grants and major funders, yes? LAUSD Arts Education Branch Dodgers Foundation California Community Foundation The California Endowment Ralph M. Parsons Foundation California Arts Council City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs Gesner-Johnson Foundation Skylight Foundation/Milgard Foundation LA County Arts Commission Hollywood Foreign Press Association L.A. County Supervisor District 1, Supervisor Hilda Solis Wells Fargo Foundation Dwight Stuart Youth Fund Rosenthal Family Foundation Wunderkinder Foundation Hudson Jeans TOMS Shoes City National Bank Muskin Family Foundation The Marc and Eva Stern Family Foundation Trivas Family Foundation

What is the Drop-In Program?

Drop-in classes are open every Saturday from 10-2 to youth ages 13-19 of all experience levels to hone their writing and performance skills.

Who are the Literati Fellows?

The Literati Leadership Core is our newest troupe, the best of the best of our Get Lit Players who graduate and go onto college…our “rockstars.” It is a professional development program designed to prepare these older youth (18-22) for effective and ethical leadership. They will graduate ready to put their talents to work, acting as catalysts for positive change in our community.

Who are the Get Lit Players?

The Get Lit Players (GLPs) are an award winning, professional performance troupe comprised of teenagers from high schools throughout Southern California, and selected through a competitive audition process. The Get Lit Players travel across the nation performing both classic and spoken word poetry and inspiring their peers. They have collaborated with John Legend, Queen Latifah, Questlove, and more, and they have performed at the Kennedy Center and even the White House!

Is Get Lit a national organization?

Most of our schools are in California, but you can buy the curriculum for your school out-of-state and start the program anywhere!

What is the core message of Get Lit?

Get Lit's poetry and film curriculum engages young people by providing a creative outlet, community, and real-life work experience, transforming students into activists, scholars, and stars.

What is the mission of Get Lit?

Get Lit – Words Ignite fuses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy on the page and in visual media. We cultivate enthusiastic learners emboldened to inspire social consciousness in diverse communities.