Poetry sessions consist of lessons led by Glenn North, renowned poet and Director at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center with the Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation Department. Poetry sessions provide a safe and nurturing outlet for students to learn writing and comprehension skills. Reading original poetry to each other, allows students to foster empathy, trust, and community. Simulteanously, students use poetry to voice their hearts and minds while building listening and speaking skills. Tools which are crucial to 21st century real-world social skills.