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Young Minds poetry project

Using poetry as an opportunity for young people to talk about their lives in a creative way

Mia, 11, decided to use poetry to provide an opportunity for young people to talk about their lives in a creative way. She ran a nationwide competition, selecting the best poems for a book that was then sold to raise money for charity. Her book was even available through Foyle’s bookshop and sold out.

The winner, Kenzi Jupps, wrote about autism and appeared on ITV news, BBC news and a variety of radio stations to read his poem, ‘I’m Just me’. His work was used to create teaching aids for schools and the police.

Mia received an award for Outstanding Achievement from the Mayor of Bexley and the Jack Petchey Award by her school. She said “I write poetry to express myself and I know many of my friends find it useful to create poems as an outlet for their emotions or issues they are facing. I thought it would be cool for a young person to create a book that other young people can relate to.”


You can see Kenzi read his poem here:

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