Poetree Chicago was founded in 1999 by Teh’Ray Hale, Sr. And Brother Mike Hawkins. Our goal was to create safe platforms for youth voice via the arts through Chicago. Prior to Brother Mike’s untimely passing, Poetree Chigo serviced over 20,000 youth nationally and has developed various platforms and partnerships that have been critical in the development of future leaders. Currently, Poetree’s Co-founder is leading his 3rd cohort of young Chicago artists in a program initiative called EmceeSkool. Each cohort of up to seven undergoes a six-month intensive Peace Ambassador Training where they learn to use their art as an instrument of Peace.