In collaboration with Journeyman Ink, DaVerse uses empathy and imagination to help middle and high school students find their voice through a tailored teaching curriculum, after-school clubs, workshops, and DaVerse Lounge spoken word events at Life in Deep Ellum.

Our Three-Tiered Approach

  1. Learn. We build a curriculum that teaches and develops students’ skills in the spoken word craft of their choosing (poetry, rap, song, performance, etc.).
  2. Practice. We provide ongoing instruction through after-school clubs and events.
  3. Perform. We provide a unique open-mic setting at DaVerse Lounge, including live music and art, to showcase their work throughout the year.

Register for a DaVerse Works Club

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Volunteer for DaVerse Lounge

Volunteers are needed to help with event set-up, greeting students and families as they arrive, help students sign-up to perform, support the different event activities, and more. Big Thought’s DaVerse Lounge team will assign volunteer roles at the start of the shift.


DaVerse Works Clubs are at the following campuses

Dallas ISD Middle Schools

Eduardo Mata Montessori

Harry Stone Montessori

Ignite Middle School

Oliver W. Holmes Middle School

Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School

Robert T. Hill Middle School

Sam Tasby Middle School
(Vickery Meadow Eagle Scholars)


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Dallas ISD High Schools

Emmet J. Conrad High School

James Madison High School

Justin F. Kimball High School

Moises E. Molina High School

Thomas Jefferson High School

Trini Garza High School


Fort Worth ISD

Leadership Academy at Forest Oak



Irving ISD

Austin Middle School

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School


Lancaster ISD

Elsie Robertson Middle School

Lancaster High School



Uplift Luna Preparatory – Secondary

Uplift Peak Preparatory – Secondary

Uplift Williams Preparatory – Secondary

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