One of the world’s leading presenters of spoken word performance, education, and youth development programs, Youth Speaks champions a movement of young people picking up pens, stepping onto stages, and declaring themselves present. Founded in San Francisco in 1996, Youth Speaks produces local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, and reading series, alongside a comprehensive slate of arts-in-education programs during the school day, after school, and on weekends.
Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high-quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change. Their annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam, the largest festival of its kind, will be presented in Washington, D.C., from July 12 to 16, 2016.
- Ebony Donnley
- Natasha Huey
- Benjamin Earl Turner
- Tassiana Willis