SIERRA DEMULDER JOINS JASON TAYLOR FOUNDATION
AS DIRECTOR OF OMARI HARDWICK BLUAPPLE POETRY PROGRAMS
WESTON, FLA. – The Jason Taylor Foundation announced today that Sierra DeMulder has been named as Director of the non-profit organization’s Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Programs. Founded in 2004 by Miami Dolphins legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jason Taylor, the Foundation supports and creates programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.
The bluapple Poetry Network is a multifaceted, after-school spoken word poetry program available free to students actively attending South Florida schools. The program was created by the Jason Taylor Foundation and actor and poet, Omari Hardwick. As Director, DeMulder will oversee all of the Foundation’s bluapple Poetry programming, develop and implement curriculum, manage all bluapple personnel, train teaching artists as well as in-school teaching partners, and coordinate the Louder Than A Bomb Florida poetry festival.
DeMulder, an internationally touring performance poet, educator and author, is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion whose work has been featured by NPR, Huffington Post, Nike, To Write Love on Her Arms, The Advocate, and more. In addition to performing, DeMulder is the curriculum director of the Slam Camp at Indiana University, an annual writing summer camp for high school students, and one of the founders of Button Poetry, the largest digital distributor of spoken word in the world.
“We are excited to add Sierra to our team,” said Jason Taylor. “She is an important voice in the poetry community, and as our bluapple programs continue to expand, we know that her experience and expertise will help the young poets we work with reach their full potential as writers, artists and difference makers.”
“I’m honored to begin this next chapter,” said DeMulder. “I am incredibly passionate about the power of spoken word, particularly in the classroom, and look forward to uplifting and serving the voices of young people across southern Florida.”
About the Jason Taylor Foundation
In July 2004, Miami Dolphins legendary Defensive End and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jason Taylor, established the Jason Taylor Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation’s mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.
Since opening its doors, the Jason Taylor Foundation has impacted tens of thousands of children through innovative programming including The Jason Taylor Reading Room, Cool Gear for the School Year, the Jason Taylor Children’s Learning Center, Jason Taylor Scholars and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, among others. For more information on the Jason Taylor Foundation, please visit the organization’s website at www.JasonTaylorFoundation.org or follow on social media sites including Facebook: www.facebook.com/jasontaylorfoundation or Twitter and Instagram: @jtfoundation99