We Are The Squad

Word on the Street/La Voz de les Jóvenes (WOTS/VDLJ) is an afterschool (and one Saturday per month) program, with a summer intensive, that centers the leadership and creativity of black and brown youth, ages 13-19. Through arts-based programming, participants (known as The Squad) develop healthy relationships with peers and mentors, while working to make a difference in their community using their voices, talents and imaginations. As members of The Squad, youth build a unique and bilingual space to become hopeful about their futures, experience racial healing and develop a radical imagination to build a better world.

Our Vision

Communities and cultures empowered by a diverse team of youth using their voice, talents and imagination to make a difference within the community.

Our Mission

Word on the Street is dedicated to creating a community and culture driven youth media platform to give the youth a voice.

Serenity

Serenity

My name is Serenity Lewis, I’m 14-years-old in the 8th grade.  I love to do color art; it's how I express myself, and it's one of the reasons why I joined Word On The Street. I also believe that Word On The Street can help change the world. I believe that...

Amyah

Amyah

Hi my name is Amyah. I’m currently in middle school and I’m in the 7th grade, though supposed to be in the 8th. The reason I’m not is because is my birthday is behind the dead line. I live in Asheville, North Carolina with my mom. I like to draw and cheer....

Temo

Temo

I’m from the sight of candies being sold in front of the school. I’m from the taste of tortas at lunch time in kindergarten. I’m from the smell of food and raspados being sold on the street. I’m from the gentle touch of my mom, aunt, and cousin. I’m from the sound of...