Vocal Revolutionaries was founded in 2011 by two teenagers, Lerato Mokobe and Thulani Ndzishe who saw the need to tell stories from the youth's perspective. They realized a need to speak on issues that plagued their communities and as such used spoken word to lobby for change. They recognized that through leadership and eloquence that the youth could do anything. They said "this generation can speak for itself"
We are a youth literary arts organisation which allows room for self-expression in a safe environment. We are an organisation that critically challenges the youth to find their voices in order to take full accountability for their future. As a literary project we pride ourselves in providing mentorship and tutoring in the arts sphere, specifically slam poetry, as a form of youth development. Vocal Revolutionaries uses slam poetry, performance poetry, music and drama as a way for youth to deal with issues that plague them daily in their impoverished communities. We have pledged ourselves to improving the quality of leadership of South African youth by arming them with tools they may use to change the course of their lives.
We cater to youth aged 13-19 years old. We promote creative expression and leadership. This is done through workshops, seasonal slams, national performances, mentorship programs and our annual participation in the Brave New Voices International Slam Poetry Festival. We giving youth the space to use their voices as tools for social and personal transformation. Vocal Revolutionaries bolsters confidence and a sense of accomplishment for the South African youth.