The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network

The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, a multi-faceted spoken word poetry program available free to students actively attending Broward County schools, is the latest collaboration between the Jason Taylor Foundation and the School Board of Broward County’s Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department.

The program provides an environment for students to focus on literacy, prevention issues and social awareness as vehicles for self expression, both written and through performance, ultimately empowering young people, the schools they attend and the communities in which they live. In addition, by recognizing each poetry group as a member of the school district’s overall network, rather than simply as an individual program, a greater sense of community is developed with ideas, creativity and understanding being shared across district boundaries. More than 40 schools actively participated in the Network during the 2013-14 school year.

Founded by the Jason Taylor Foundation in partnership with actor and accomplished poet, Omari Hardwick, the bluapple Poetry Network is moderated by Darius Daughtry, a drama and creative writing educator, poet, playwright, and director. Mr. Daughtry leads school instructors in workshops, both in person and via distance learning equipment, as he guides them through a curriculum he has tailored specifically for the students of South Florida given his experience serving as an educator in the area.