Recently the Nebraska Loves Public Schools team embarked on a new project that challenged us to look at the issue of poverty in education from a new angle: performance as a force for social change. Poverty: Not a Choice is a special Nebraska Loves Public Schools video series featuring the stories and talent of Nebraska Youth in Poetry.
Directed by Patsy Koch Johns and inspired by the stories of real Nebraska students, each segment in this series explores the day-to-day realities faced by public school kids who are living in poverty across the state. From food and housing insecurity to opportunity gaps in school and extracurricular activities, the Poverty: Not a Choice video series is a deep and honest collection of monologues and slam poetry pieces, all written and performed by real Nebraska students. Hear their stories.
Arthur McWilliams IV
Disillusion, Pt. 1 & II
Poor, Deaf Kid
The Way It Really Is