Poetry Program Uses Social Media To Stay Active Amid Coronavirus Pandemic


Wednesday, April 1st 2020, 2:44 am
By: Caleb Califano


A program created to help youth around the metro is making changes to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.
 
The founder of Poetry and Chill Gregory II says this is really uncharted territory for the program. Something that typically requires a lot of person to person contact is now for the foreseeable future online.
 
The program, which helps a wide age range of youth learn more about poetry, music marketing and public speaking is now going through Instagram live. 

Gregory II says it's beneficial doing this way because most of his students are already active on social media platforms.
 
It's once a week on Thursdays, but soon the founder says all students will  be able to get lesson plans available through the Poetry and Chill website.

Gregory II says this transition shows just how much everything here in the metro has been impacted by COVID-19.
"We are trying to do what we can to reach out to the parents, to the staff of schools we have been working with, and to get the word out about our workshop," he said.
 
Gregory II says in the future, as long as this pandemic is around, he'd like to move away from Instagram live onto their own platform to teach their students.
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