Youth 'Summer Slam'

Spoken Word, Poetry, and Writing Contest

FFLIC is committed to uplifting the voices of youth in advancing narrative change and transforming the youth justice system into a holistic model of care. As part of our work, we are inviting our young people to express their thoughts and ideas in creative form about the school-to-prison pipeline and youth justice system. We will use spoken word, poetry, and other forms of writing as part of our advocacy efforts to end youth incarceration while offering the youth the chance to win a $500 prize ($200 for runner ups).
For this year’s ‘Youth Summer Slam'' we are partnering with local authors!

New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg and the #1000wordsofsummer community is sponsoring the contest and we launched the Slam alongside the #1000wordsofsummer initiative. Additionally, local authors will judge the contest. Registration is open and the deadline to submit writing has been extended to September 21st - the last official day of summer!


Below are three themes and questions to reflect on. You do not have to try to answer these questions directly. They are meant only to inspire and ignite your thoughts and creativity:

  1. #LetKidsBeKids Take a look at FFLIC’s 3-point platform to call for state leaders to provide a better quality education and mental health supports, and address poverty. What is your vision of what kids need? How should we spend money on them? What would it be like if your school had more social workers, counselors, and family supports instead of cops? What does it mean to you to #LetKidsBeKids?
  2. #NoMorePrisons – What is your vision of a world without youth prisons? Check out the “The Future We Dream Of” which is part of the #NoKidsInPrison digital experience to become inspired to write about your own vision of a world with #NoMorePrisons. (Go to to the menu and select “The Future We Dream Of”)
  3. #StandInLove – In many communities across the state, youth, especially Black and brown youth, are being portrayed as dangerous criminals and there is a push to treat them like adults when they get into trouble. How do we change the way we view youth? How do we create life-affirming systems that make youth feel loved and supported? Is there anything that you would want to say to a young person who is incarcerated to #StandInLove with them?


You can submit your work to FFLIC for a chance to win a prize if you:

  •  Are between the ages of 10 and 24
  •  Are a Louisiana resident
  •  Complete the registration


Before you complete this form, be sure to click the button below to read the details and guidelines.

Please use this space to tell us what you would like us to know about you and your writing. This statement may be edited/shortened in the future to use as your label. 150 word max