This little magazine goes to work.
Hundreds of homeless vendors empowered.
Thousands of readers inspired.
Countless stories shared.
A VOICE & OPPORUNITY
Speak Up is written by homeless and vulnerably-housed writers who are paid for their contributions. They courageously share their perspectives and personal stories, giving an authentic and humanizing look at homelessness.
The magazine is distributed by many of those same writers—people working to stay off the streets. They keep every dollar from their sales to the public, then buy more copies from Speak Up for half price or less.
A CYCLE OF SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Magazines are written and sold…which gives a voice to the voiceless, provides income for the financially vulnerable, creates positive connections in the public space, and diversifies Charlotte’s cultural voice.