What if…?

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SchoolTalk’s Voices of Change 2022 is a creative competitive experience! This summer, 10 teams will collaborate to create and compete over the course of 10 days using any one or more of 10 art forms!

Programming for youth will be on Saturdays in person this summer.

This year’s theme is “What if…?”.

Teams are made up of up to seven D.C. youth with individualized education programs (IEPs) or 504 plans. Teams will compete on Instagram Live in a format similar to NBC’s The Voice. Each team will receive virtual coaching from experts in advocacy, communication, problem-solving, music production, photography, visual art, videography, performance, and more! Coaching artists include Gabriel “Asheru” Benn (Guerilla Arts Ink), Konshens the MC, Will Starks (Lyarks Films) and SchoolTalk staff Sarah Grime, Elijah Lee, Naisha Dembele, and Noah Beaufford.

Beyond the competition, each team’s creations are an advocacy tool and will be shared across D.C. to elevate youth voices and visions to advocate for change. A social media campaign and work-based learning experiences will be integrated throughout the process. Youth will have opportunities to explore various roles in the creative, production, communications, and presentation processes.

Check out last year’s four finalists!


Through the Voices of Change Program, youth use art to build competencies to:

  • Explore and pursue creative careers in the arts, design, entertainment, and media industries.
  • Practice self-awareness & self-expression.
  • Advocate for themselves & their communities.

Skills Youth Will Develop

  • Technical skills in music production, videography, photography, visual art, and dance disciplines (through opportunities to work with professional artists)
  • Artistic, problem solving, collaboration, and self-expression skills (through opportunities to create)
  • Self-awareness & identity skills (through opportunities to explore self)
  • Civic engagement & advocacy skills (through opportunities to build meaningful relationships, connect as they engage in an inclusive community, and advocate for their communities through their artistic pieces)
  • Vocational skills (through work-based learning experiences)
  • Technology skills (through using computers, cameras, and other technology)


Logo - D.C. Department on Disability Services (DDS)Logo - D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)Logo - The Kennedy CenterSchool Talk’s Voices of Change is supported by the D.C. Department of Disability Services, the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.