Youth Leadership Institute


Special Events
Monday, May 18, 2015

Start Time: 

8:30 AM

End Time: 

3:00 PM

Registration: $60.00/$65.00 Hawaii student Scholarships available through the Pono Project.

Our annual Youth Leadership Institute wants to support you in developing your skills to thrive in the world. In 2015, we will be using slam poetry, writing and performance to gear you up to be tomorrow’s out spoken revolutionary leaders.

Morning Session: Acceptance

Harrison and Jenna will guide you through interactive and creative activities that will expand your awareness of your own uniqueness and acceptance of differences in others.  Through writing prompts, group shares and open mikes, you will leave this workshop ready to change your world “inside and out”.

Afternoon Session: How awesome can I be?

Janice Lee

Youth Institute Leaders and facilitators

Harrison Ines (Poet Facilitator, Pacific Tongues)

Photo: Harrison Ines

Harrison Ines is a Brave New Voices International Youth Slam Poetry Festival champion, a three-time member of the Youth Speaks Hawai’i travel team, a HawaiiSlam Grand Slam Finalist, and in 2009, he led his alma mater Farrington High School to their first Hawai’i Interscholastic Poetry Slam Championship. With a mixture of raw emotion and honest power, Harrison’s poetry brought both Youth Speaks founder James Kass and performing artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph to tears in his first year competing at Brave New Voices. Since then, he has wowed audiences with his balance of humor and pain, love and longing, darkness and hope.

Jenna Robinson (Poet Facilitator, Pacific Tongues)

Photo: Jenna Robinson

Jenna Robinson graduated from UH Manoa with a double major in History and Ethnic Studies. She was the commencement speaker at the UHM graduation ceremony. Jenna currently performs and teaches slam poetry throughout the nation and has competed on several national poetry teams.

One of the ways Jenna helps at-risk youth is by organizing the art community to create her own business, Urban Aloha, to raise money for non-profit organizations that support youth.


Janice Yee

Photo: Janice Yee

Janice Lee is a folk artist - an artist of the people! She is a poet, musician, storyteller and community organizer rooted in Kitchener, Ontario. Janice graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. She combines her literature background with political activism to create art that is engaging and inspires positive social change.

Janice sings, speaks and shares stories about love and struggle, community and friendship. She is honest and upfront about her desire to create just and thriving communities through art based in reciprocity and joy. She has been called a “Poet Provocateur” and received the Leading Edge Waterloo Region Arts Award in 2012, and was voted Waterloo Region’s Best Arts Mover and Shaker in 2013. Janice has toured across Canada with her music and poetry.

Currently she works as an independent musician, spoken word artist and arts educator. She makes short DIY environmentalism video blogs for Alternatives Journal, a Canadian environmental magazine, and organizes as artistic director of the KW Poetry Slam. Janice is also on the Spoken Word Canada board of directors, and is a member of its Anti-Oppression Committee. She has facilitated Anti-Oppression workshops at all three Canadian national poetry slam festivals (CFSW, YouthCanSlam, Verses) and has also facilitated workshops such as Radical Theatre as Healing, Art as Activism, The Aesthetic Joys of Gender Performance, and Leadership for Female Immigrant Youth.

Pacific Tongues

About Pacific Tongues

Pacific Tongues is a nonprofit organization that cultivates an active artistic Oceanic community of writers, spoken word performers, leaders, educators and students of all ages. Our commitment is to honor the practice of kuleana through creative workshops, public events and pedagogical development.

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