February 18,2014 – New York, NY –
Ramya Ramana was named the 2014 NYC Youth Poet Laureate at the 5th Annual Youth Voter Poetry Slam Finals held at Lincoln Center. She performed an original poem entitled “New York City: Dedicated to Mayor Bill de Blasio” at the 2014 Inauguration.
As Youth Poet Laureate, Ramya will work with the CFB’s voter education campaign, NYC Votes, to reach young voters across the five boroughs, promoting voting and civic engagement at public events, programs and peer-to-peer engagement activities. Over its five-year history, the YPL program has delivered a positive voting message to tens of thousands of young New Yorkers through performances, speeches, voter registration drives, and neighborhood outreach.” As a youth activist, poet and writer she has won the New York Knicks Poetry Slam that awarded her with a full scholarship to St. John’s University, where she is studying Philosophy and Government and Politics. Ramya gives back to her community through various service projects and plans to pursue a career as a community organizer and activist advocating for human rights and social justice.
Her poem recitation of “We Will No Longer Stay Silent to this Classism” at the Mayoral Inauguration can be found here.