Jacob Gebrewold is an entrepreneur, poet and community builder. He was the 2013 Vancouver Youth Grand Slam Champion, the captain of the 2013 Hullabaloo championship team, and finalist at the 2013 YouthCanSlam national poetry slam representing the Vancouver Youth Slam. Jacob’s work in poetry brings a flavourful, hip hop bounce to the weighty subject matter of challenging key systemic social issues. He has coached a number of young poets to competitive success in the poetry slam, his students having won bronze, silver and gold medals at the regional, provincial and national levels. Now, Jacob runs Good Word Academy, a program that trains and takes high school students to compete internationally in debate and public speaking. A dedicated educator, Jacob takes pride in helping young people develop their genuine voice, impacting both themselves and their audiences.