We believe that the life of the students serves as the primary text for our introductory writing workshops. In this way, we work to draw out the stories of the students before engaging in assigned readings. We have found that as students cultivate and apply their voices they are better equipped to draw enriching parallels between their personal narratives and those of Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison and so on.
In the 2016-17 academic year, Youth Speaks is offering five-year-long residencies at designated public high schools in Oakland and San Francisco. These workshops are meant to both complement academic rigor and encourage artistic creativity.
To request a residency contact firstname.lastname@example.org.