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Get Lit creates opportunities, holding space for young people while giving them the tools to carve out their own space in the world.

Through your work as a volunteer, educator, or board member, you can join us in our mission to empower youth in our community and beyond.


Join us at the Poetic Convergence, Classic Slam, Winter Gala & more! Your time is a valuable donation. Email for more information.


Want to bring Get Lit to your school? Reach out to or fill out the contact form on our Curriculum page to get started.


We are always recruiting members for our Executive Board as well as our young professionals board, “Free Verse.” For more information on how to join, email

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

When was Get Lit founded?

Get Lit was established in 2006 to increase literacy, empower youth, and energize communities through poetry. Over the past 16 years, over 100,000 youth have graduated from Get Lit- and the number keeps growing!

Who are the Get Lit Players?

The Get Lit Players (GLPs) are Get Lit's award-winning performance troupe of youth poets ages 13-19. They have collaborated with John Legend, the United Nations, and more, and have performed at top-level venues like the Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, and White House. Each year they perform live for over 50,000 of their peers and their videos have been watched online over 300 million times. Their film Summertime opened Sundance Film Festival in 2019 and is available across all streaming platforms.

How do I book the Get Lit Players for a performance?

Please visit our Partnership page for more information and our booking form.

I want to join the board!

We're excited to have you as a prospective board member! Please reach out to to learn more about board membership.

Who are Get Lit’s funders?

Get Lit is supported by many generous organizations and individual donors, including the NBA Foundation, VANS, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. To read through full list of our incredible supporters, please visit our Luminaries page.

How can I bring Get Lit to my school?

Get Lit offers a variety of ways to bring our curriculum to your school, whether you're supplementing with our Essential Curriculum, engaging your students with a Blitz Show, or hosting a teaching residency with our Teaching Artists. Check our our Curriculum page for more detailed information, or contact to get started!

What is the Drop-In Program?

Our Drop-In Program is a weekly free poetry workshop where youth can develop their skills as an artist. Each Saturday at the Get Lit office, we host  a myriad of workshops and activities to improve student writing and performance. The Drop-In Class is for youth ages 13-19 and meets weekly on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. For more information, visit

When and where is the 2023 Classic Slam taking place?

The 2023 Classic Slam is taking place at LATC (Los Angeles Theater Center) on April 20 & 21, with Classic Slam Finals taking place at the ACE Hotel Theater on Saturday, April 22.

How else can I support Get Lit?

We're thrilled to have your support any way you can, whether through donating, volunteering, or attending events to watch our young poets in action.

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Our work is made possible through donations from our community.


Your gift helps Get Lit transform students into artists, activists, scholars, and stars. It ignites classrooms around the world!

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