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All TALK... (a teen Blog by members of the Theater & Arts Leadership Kouncil)

Through this blog, the Theater & Arts Leadership Kouncil creates a voice for teens. Here, teen writers will be able to be read and understood. We'll feature poetry/prose, fiction and TALK news.

TALK is a charitable organization whose mission is to teach leadership skills and to provide a voice for diverse populations through the expressive,  transformative and rejuvenating power of the arts. 

In essence, through the arts, TALK helps teens to develop community and a collective voice around a common purpose.  Aong the way they learn leadership skills.  

This Blog is one example of how TALK helps create a voice for young artists. Here we will feature the work of young literary artists who work in multiple styles - journalism, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, etc.  Our fiction and poetry authors will provide readers with the freshest of material written by teens on a variety of topics. Through reading the work of our journalists, who will cover media events, including those within TALK so readers will learn all about other TALK offerings, as TALK offers a great deal of other high quality, high profile arts experiences for the experiencing public (e.g. live music, drama, visual art shows). Our writers will also report on progress we are making on our goals, such as organizing a south suburban all-teens multi-media arts fest right here in HF.

Readers will note the high quality of the writing, but it is also important to know that our writers are learning valuable skills in this process.  TALK partners with adult, professional writers who serve as editors. They may provide a theme, they will set deadlines and they will proof, edit and send back drafts for revisions. Just like in the real world... because TALK believes that learning to lead means understanding how one is to interact with the "powers that be." 

So please, make it a point to read TALK's blog entries often. Also, please check out our website http://www.talksouthland.org/index.html for more information. Currently the site offers many pictures or teen work and of our most recent hgh-profile event, which was the June 8-9th Art & Garden Fair.  

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

lynn gaby July 01, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I look forward to hearing your "TALK" as you move forward. School of Rock Mokena is interested in getting involved with the live music end of things. I am willing to help in any way. Get the teens involved in positive avenues!!!! Lynn Gaby- School of Rock "inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life"
Steve Ploum July 02, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Lynn - thanks for the interest. We certainly will need to connect as I look forward to helping to bring teens from throughout the southland to work together and create some really exciting stuff. Please contact me through the talksouthland website and we can discuss further. Steve
Steve Ploum August 05, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Lynn, I am not sure if what I typed before within Patch.com got to you as I may have posted a comment, rather than "reply." below is what I meant to send .... thanks for the interest. We certainly will need to connect as I look forward to helping to bring teens from throughout the southland to work together and create some really exciting stuff. Please contact me through the talksouthland website and we can discuss further. here's the link - at least I hope it acts like a link... http://www.talksouthland.org/ Thanks Steve

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