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The Hawai‘i Youth Poet Laureate Fellowship is a program of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in partnership with Urban Word. This fellowship will build youths’ skills in literary excellence, civic engagement, and social impact. During the fellowship, students, ages 10-19 will apply to become the Youth Poet Laureate of Hawai‘i!

Thank you for participating in our 22-23 HI Youth Poet Laureate Program. 

We are looking for teachers and administrators who are interested in becoming partners. If you'd like to partner with us in 2023-2024, please email

Our Timeline for 2023-2024 is as follows:


October-March Ongoing In School & Community Workshops


January 5, 2024 HIYPL Competition Opens

March 1, 2024 HIYPL Competition Closes 

March 15, 2024 HIYPL Finalist Selected 

March TBD, 2024 HIYPL Celebration Event (School Show @ MACC)

April 2024, HIYPL State Winner Announced at the National Youth Poet Laureate Event


November 2024, National Youth Poet Laureate Competition 

Mahalo to:

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This program is partially funded by a grant from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Our Youth Poet Laureate Program is a proud participant of the Amplifying Your Voice, Reshaping Our World: A Nationwide Young Writers Series on Mental Health project. Teens With a Purpose alongside Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Writers in the Schools, With Our Words, Southern Word, and the National Training & Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC) is participating in the Amplifying Your Voice, Reshaping Our World: A Nationwide Young Writers Series on Mental Health. The virtual series has convened a cohort of young writers to create, record, and distribute pieces that uplift the voices and lived experience of young people with mental health challenges and their families.

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