Low-income students need the cognitive, social, and personal skills that arts education is uniquely suited to offer, but that today's school budgets just don't provide. Working with students ages 8-18, its In-School Playwriting Program integrates artist-taught workshops into the DCPS curriculum, using playwriting to enhance literacy, creative expression, and communication. Each participant writes a play and sees it performed by professional actors in the classroom or at the New Play Festival. Students can further hone their skills through after-school and summer programs, and a social justice workshop series brings together youth, artists, and activists to respond to urgent concerns like police brutality, racism, and xenophobia through "rapid response" playwriting. Strategically targeting the areas of greatest child poverty in DC, and creating continuums of programming that serve the same kids in elementary, middle, and high school, YPT helps the most at-risk kids find – and share – their voices.