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Youth Speaks Announces American Graduate Raise Up winners

Youth Speaks honored five young people in its RAISE UP project, an online hip-hop and spoken word competition designed to foster discussion about challenges and opportunities as students.

All were honored in September at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and performed in front of a live audience.

The winners beat out a total of 800 submissions that were collected between April and July regarding the dropout crisis.

The winners are as follows:

  • Jonathan Williams, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Jourdan Lee, New Orleans, La.
  • Sarah O’Neal, Oakland, Calif.
  • Nytesia Ross, Tyler, Texas
  • Aaron Golden, Harper Woods, Mich.


RAISE UP Pat with winners Quest Love H Harper and G Washington.jpgDJ Questlove, Black Though, Glynn Washington and Gabriel "Asheru" Benn helped celebrate the winners of the Raise Up project.

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