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‘Speak Life Tour,’ inspires hope, creativity

Cassandra Vincent | 1/17/2014, 6 a.m.
Members of “Speak Life Tour” (left to right) Shernise “Poet Renae” Richardson; Calvin “Eager” Fields; Keon “Lil Key” Myers; Executive Director Catherine Trotter; Myea Elleby; Danny “Virgo” Jones; and Audrey and Leah Rozier of the duo Double Impact. Photo Credit: Donnell Wallace/The Umbrella Syndicate

— If you happen to bump into a group of vibrant young people who are speaking positive words with conviction, it is possible that you are encountering the “Speak Life Tour.” The group is the product of New Beginnings Youth Development & Coaching Program, a Baltimore based nonprofit organization.

The goal of the movement is to give young people a platform to showcase their talents while making a difference in the lives of others. New Beginnings Youth Development & Coaching Program was founded in 2002 and the “Speak Life Tour” was initiated in November 2013.

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, New Beginnings held its pre-launch event for the “Speak Life Tour” at Terra Café located in Charles Village in North Baltimore. The event drew a crowd of supporters, family and friends. The evening included spoken word, song, poetry, and hip hop that sent a strong message of positivity, education, nonviolence, and self-acceptance.

The “Speak Life Tour” group members include Shernise “Poet Renae” Richardson, Audrey & Leah of Double Impact, Danny “Danny Virgo” Jones, Myea Elleby, Calvin “Eager” Fields, and Keon “Lil Key” Myers. Their message is motivating and inspiring to not only other young people but to their community. Each artist shared a message of hope for their generation, their city, and the world around them. The group ranges in age from 13 to 24.

Catherine Trotter, executive director of New Beginnings said, “The night was epic and is an indicator of how powerful the ‘Speak Life Tour’ is. Each artist performed with heart and spoke words of life. Our goal is to touch 272, 000 youth and to speak life into the lives of our youth during this tour.” The tour kicks off in Washington, D.C. on March 29, said Trotter, who also serves as a mentor for the program.

For more information about the group or to attend one of their upcoming “Speak Life Tour” events, contact Catherine Trotter at 800-425-0757 or visit: www.speaklifetour.org.