Youth Speaks offers young people multiple ways to become engaged, develop their voices, be heard, and effect change. Your support makes a difference to thousands of young people in the Bay Area and across the country as they work to shape our collective future through the power of the written and spoken word.
In the Classroom – Each year, Youth Speaks works in over 50 middle and high schools throughout the Bay Area through a series of literary arts workshops, residencies, performance poetry assemblies, professional development programs for teachers, on-campus clubs, and the Unified District Poetry Slam. Over the last 15 years, we have partnered with every public high school in San Francisco, Oakland, Daly City, Berkley and Richmond.
In the Community – Youth Speaks presents after-school writing and performance workshops, community events such as Life is Living, youth-led forums, and numerous programs situated in Bay Area communities so that the voice of Bay Area youth is present and accounted for.
On Stages – From the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam to our annual MLK and Queeriosity Celebrations, Youth Speaks produces close to 35 events every year featuring the voices of the Bay Area’s future.
Through the Brave New Voices Festival and the growing network of organizations serving young people across the country and globe, Youth Speaks is committed to making sure the voices of 21st Century America are at the center of the conversations that matter.
Our repertory theater project, The Living Word Project, commissions and develops emerging artists who we think need to be heard. Your support helps get these plays written, produced, performed and on tour. Join the Producers Circle now!
From our own imprint, First Word Press, to a growing blog and online presence, Youth Speaks looks to document the work of young writers, creating a place for them to be read and made permanent.