Toyota supports the students of the youth troupe of literary arts Inside Out
Detroit, Michigan – With their long-awaited return to the live broadcast of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last Saturday, the InsideOut Literary Arts Performance Troupe delivered a powerful performance at the Toyota Showground in Detroit, Michigan. Toyota and InsideOut Literary Arts, an award-winning Detroit-based organization, have unveiled the winners of the 2022 Youth Performance Troupe for Citywide Poets, an after-school program that provides weekly creative workshops, publications and performance opportunities to teenagers. Toyota is a major sponsor of InsideOut Literary Arts.
Metro Detroit High School students Myla Borsodi, Summer Budaire, Stella Hughes and Noelle Taylor recited poems about “loving yourself” and what it means to have “limitless possibilities for all.” Youth troupe coach LaShawn Phoenix Moore, a Detroit-based vocalist, spoken word artist and cultural creator, helped the troupe hone their skills and served as program host. Students from the Alnur Dance Troupe showed off their moves while DJ Bruce Bailey spun the tunes. The students were surprised when Toyota presented the Youth Performance Troupe with iPad Air tablets so they could pursue their writing skills creatively.
“Many people know Toyota as a car company, but we are much more than that,” said Bill Shellman, executive project manager of Toyota Motor North America’s Product Advance Planning Division. “We are focused on educating today’s students to build the leaders of tomorrow. At Toyota, we believe that after-school youth development is needed today more than ever, and it is vital for high school students to learn 21st century leadership skills that support their academic, career and life goals.”
For more than two decades, InsideOut Literary Arts has reached more than 70,000 students in schools across Detroit and published nearly 500 school literary magazines. With InsideOut programming, 94% of teachers surveyed said it improved students’ writing and critical thinking skills; 80% of InsideOut students demonstrated improved reading comprehension after participating in the program; and 83% of InsideOut students said they applied what they learned about writing in other classes. Students became journalists, medical workers, entrepreneurs and playwrights, winners of the Pulitzer Prize.
“Through the transformative power of the written and spoken word, combined with unique opportunities to speak to diverse audiences, students will learn that creativity, voice and self-expression are critical tools that can shift paradigms and change the circumstances that affect their lives,” said Suma Karaman Rosen, Executive Director of InsideOut Literary Arts. “We are truly grateful to Toyota for supporting our annual Youth Performance Troupe program.”