Yo! TeenPhilly!

1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish (100 words):
Philadelphia Stories Jr. (a free literary magazine featuring work by local young writers and artists) and That’s So Philly (a facebook page that showcases the musical talents of teens) are collaborating on a teen event, Yo! TeenPhilly!, for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. This will be the first Fringe Festival event targeted specifically to teens and performed by teens. Yo! Teen Philly! will showcase teen spoken word poetry and music during a 90-minute variety show style performance.

2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $800 is your imaginary budget (50 words):
Our event will be free to the public. We would use the funds to cover the cost of the rental space, which is $400. Any additional money would be used to cover the Fringe Festival Fee of $225.

3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal) (100 words):
Christine Weiser co-founded Philadelphia Stories in 2004 to provide a voice for Philadelphia’s writers and artists through a free magazine and events. Christine’s love of writing began as a child, so she was thrilled to launch Philadelphia Stories Jr. last year. Christine is a strong believer in the transformative power of story, and she believes that offering teens a place to tell their stories creates an opportunity for them to discover what makes every voice unique and important.

Mo Ganey started That’s So Philly after making a radio variety show demo for and with teens. She used the recordings from the demo to launch That’s So Philly this past winter and recruits teen talent for the weekly feature.

4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community? (100 words):
Yo! TeenPhilly! will give teenagers a performance opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem at an important developmental age. As art and theater programs continue to be cut from schools, events like Yo! TeenPhilly! celebrate the creative side of these young people. By making this event free and open to the public, Philadelphia Stories Jr. and That’s So Philly will help to realize their mission to support young writers and musicians through a fun, unique performance that celebrates Philadelphia’s diverse, vibrant culture.