Natalie Cook is the executive director of Atlanta Word Works, a non-profit organization that supports, guides and provides a safe space for young artists and writers to explore the complexities and challenges of life through oral literacy workshops and performance. They believe that the arts, as a way to develop critical thinking skills, social responsibility and creative problem solving, provide youth with the necessary tools to enter a world in need of fresh and innovative perspectives to build peace and create change. Atlanta Word Works addresses the dearth of constructive spaces for youth to express themselves creatively, particularly in the Atlanta region, using slam poetry to critically and effectively engage youth.