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Behind the numbers of OpenMike – the number of sessions, students reached, and minutes performed – are young artists with stories to tell. OpenMike knows the importance of young voices and stories and regularly provides a platform for that creative expression. We believe by amplifying the voices of today’s youth, OpenMike can foster a sense of belonging and agency among young people, enabling them to share their experiences, concerns, and aspirations with the world and their communities. Below are some of the stories behind the music and ideas shared within the space.

Click an image to learn more about the artists and their stories.