Voices for Change

MCIC brings together Manitoba youth to create a spoken word poem about SDG-related issues. Through a collaborative workshop process the youth write an original poem and create a performance piece that is professionally recorded. The Voices for Change spoken word poem has been debuted during International Development Week.

Calling all performers, writers and creatives!

Two past participants attend the Voices for Change workshop

Each year, high school students (grades 9-12) who have a passion for writing and performance are encourage to apply to participate in our annual Voices for Change project.

Under the tutelage of talented Manitoba-based spoken word poet Steve Locke, students participate in two weekend workshops to develop an original spoken word poem about a global issue. To wrap up the project, students create a performance piece that will be professionally filmed and debuted during International Development Week.

Key dates of Voices for Change 2024

  • Deadline for applications: November 1st, 2023
  • Workshops will take place over two weekends: November 18th & 19th and 25th & 26th, 2023.
  • Voices for Change will be premiered in February 2024.

Please note: students applying for Voices for Change 2024 must be available for all four workshop dates.

Apply to Voices for Change now!

Get Inspired

Voices for Change 2023 poet Aylin created a moving piece titled Someday reflecting on human rights, justice and identity. She performed Someday live at the Manitoba Legislative Building to help kick off International Development Week 2023.

You can watch Someday, our 2023 Voices for Change project, below.

Past Performances

Check out our past performers below for inspiration.