First Sound Institute

About First Sound Institute
Launched in 2013, First Sound is a partnership between Youth Speaks and the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. First Sound gives educators a unique set of arts education-based teaching tools designed to cultivate their students’ critical and creative thinking skills while increasing classroom engagement.

This year, First Sound will include a special #RethinkHighSchool town hall featuring spoken word performances and a panel of youth leaders and educators.

All First Sound participants are invited to Brave New Teachers happening this summer at the 20th Annual Brave New Festival! Saturday, July 22nd. Location TBD. This includes free tickets to Grand Slam Finals.

Fifth Annual First Sound Institute

June 20th – 23rd, 2017
City College of San Francisco – Ocean Campus – Student Union

Apply Now

Early Bird Deadline – May 15th, 2017: $100
Summer Registration Deadline – June 1st, 2017: $125
On-site Registration Deadline (spaces will be limited) – June 20th: $150
Returning Participants – $100 if registered before June 15th

Have you attended the first sound institute before?

Previous attendees are eligible for a discounted registration rate of $100. In addition to the discounted rate, we will feature a new workshop track tailored for participants that have previously attended First Sound Institute.

2016 Agenda


First Sound 2014

First Sound 2014
First Sound 2014
First Sound 2014
First Sound 2014 

Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks