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Slam Out Loud
Changing Lives Through the Arts
Jigyasa Labroo, Co-Founder
From the beginning of their lives, children from at-risk communities suffer through lack of attention because of a family culture focused on meeting basic needs and breaking free from the cycle of poverty. A child from such a culture emerges physically and emotionally unhealthy. This is alarming because health during childhood is such a critical part of a persons future development.
Challenges in the ecosystem make it even harder for such a child to thrive. Poor education leads to a significant gap in knowledge and skills between these at-risk children and their privileged counterparts. This limits their exposure and in turn the opportunities they have access to.
The outcome of this scenario is that between the 1st and 10th standard, 53% of all students drop out and only 15% are enrolled in college, leading to 47% of India's 6.8 crore graduates being unemployable for any industry role [Aspiring Minds, 2013].
Challenges in the lives of at-risk children are connected to creative confidence, which is a combination of socio-emotional learning and 21st century life skills. Due to lack of engaging opportunities that build creative confidence, 320 million children in India are disempowered to break the above-mentioned cycle of negative outcomes.
Slam Out Loud uses art forms like poetry, storytelling, visual arts, and theatre to help children aged 10-15 from disadvantaged communities find their voice. We work with professional artists and e-learning resources to help children build creative confidence.
Since its inception four years ago, Slam Out Loud has worked with more than 100 artists and 6500 children across ten states in India, with over 15,000 original artworks created, and performances done for a cumulative audience of 35,000. We have worked with children and youth from low income communities and conflict areas, Departments of Education of Kashmir and Maharashtra, parents, jail inmates, out of school children, and college going students. Fifteen of our children have been TedX speakers, and the children have facilitated nearly 50 art workshops for adults and other children.