Think poetry isn’t relevant to teen girls in 2015? Well, think again! Twenty-three year old Clementine Von Radics is using poetry slam to empower teenage girls… and people are paying attention. She performed a poem entitled “Advice For Teenage Girls With Wild Ambitions and Trembling Hearts” at a poetry event in February, and the YouTube video already has over 130,000 views. The poem highlights several women who made a huge impact in the world at a very young age:
- Anne Frank was a teenage girl who left a legacy that we will always remember.
- Mary Shelley practically invented science fiction at the age of 16 when she wrote Frankenstein, teaching us “Little girls with big ideas are much scarier than monsters,” said Clementine in her poem.
- Cleopatra was 18 when she became an iconic queen.
- Jackie Mitchell was a 17-year-old girl when she struck out baseball stars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back as one of the first female pitchers in professional baseball history. Coincidentally, it was just a few days later that the baseball commissioner canceled her contract and declared that women were “unfit” to play baseball.
“You are now 18, standing at the precipice, trembling at your own greatness,” Clementine declares in her poem.
She passionately urges teen girls to recognize the greatness and possibility inside of them. She tells girls that there will always be people who try to tell them they can’t, but that they need to shut out those voices and believe in themselves.
One of the last lines in Clementine’s poem says, “The world is waiting for you.” Her words inspire girls to make their mark in this world: Tell your story. Do great things. Don’t be afraid.
Though Clementine’s poem is intended for teen girls, women of any age can find inspiration in her beautiful scripted message.
3 Things That Make Clementine’s Message So Inspiring
- She is making an impact at a young age herself.
The fact that Clementine is only 23 years old gives her a great amount of credibility in the eyes of teen girls. It feels more like the words are coming from a peer than an adult. Clementine is also doing the very thing she is urging other girls to do which makes her message all that more powerful.
- She calls out the potential of teen girls.
When talking about issues that teens face today, it’s easy to take a negative tone. Clementine’s words are filled with hope and possibility. Instead of focusing on the limitations placed on teenage girls by our culture, she calls out the undiscovered potential teen girls possess.
- She urges teen girls to take action.
What Clementine’s poem does so well is not only remind girls of the great women who have gone before them, but also urge them to become great themselves. Chances are, many teens who have watched her video have taken time to reflect on their own lives and hopefully will make a courageous step to pursue their dreams.
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