“Gabriel began partnering with ACS in 2004 by sharing his story at fund raising events, committee meetings, Relay For Life and any other gatherings in which he was asked to participate. His perspective is valued because his poetic talent is not directed to any specific age or ethnicity. He connects to the community in its most pure form, but to be able to do it in an entertainment type venue could transform lives in ways we could never imagine. The American Cancer Society is truly honored to have Gabriel as an advocate, his talents are numerous and his life experiences remarkable.”Jean Thompson, Quality of Life Director, American Cancer Society
Speak It Forward (SiF) has been a registered 501(c)3 since 2009 and it’s mission is:
- Speak it Forward, Inc., is dedicated to transforming the lives of youth and adults by using spoken-word poetry as a vehicle to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, break down barriers and instill a sense of empowerment and community.
SiF believes that it is our vulnerability that makes us strong, not just as people, but also as speakers. Learning to take “what we know” and turning it into a deeper awareness of our world through writing is what makes Kirk and Gabriel’s poetry universal and tangible to audiences and this is why they co-founded the non-profit arm of their work, Speak It Forward Inc.
Through fun, funny and emotionally poignant activities and dialogue, we are able to tap into the potential of a writer (student, professional, you name it) and unleash that potential through the art of spoken word. The educational process takes people on a journey from self-exploration to one of personal transformation through the use of poetry mechanics, word play and raw honesty. Then we share (through performances) our “scars”, as they exist in our lives and in our writings, with each other. It is this powerful sharing that makes us better writers, better people and more connected with the world around us.