Unified District Poetry Slam

Building off of the success of Youth Speaks in-school and after-school workshops, assemblies, open mics and the Teen Poetry Slam, the District Poetry Slam is an exciting opportunity for your school’s students to perform, dialogue, and speak their minds with high school youth throughout the district and the entire Bay Area. The event is a team slam, with each participating school having a team of 4-6 poets. The District Slam event is open to schools beyond San Francisco and Oakland: schools from across the East Bay, North Bay, and Peninsula are invited to send a team to the Greater Bay Slam preliminary bout! Spots are limited, and priority is given to schools with Youth Speaks residencies and/or SLAM clubs. The top-scoring schools from each bout move on to perform for the title of UDPS Slam Champion!

Team Registration

The 2015-16 District Slam will be taking place April 26-May 6, 2016. The preliminary and final rounds happen during the school day and Youth Speaks can provide transportation to a limited number of schools wanting to attend on a first come-first serve basis.

Field Trip Request

2016 dates & locations

Location: TBD

Saturday, 3/19/2016
( 11:30am – 3:00pm )

San Francisco

Mission Cultural Center
2868 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Tuesday, 4/26/2016
( 1:30pm – 5:00pm )

Wednesday, 4/27/2016
( 9:30am – 4:00pm )


New Parkway Theater
474 24th St
Oakland, CA 94612

Thursday, 4/28/2016
( 9:30am – 4:00pm )

Location: TBD

Friday, 5/6/2016
( 10:00am – 2:00pm )


Congratulations to the 2015 UDPS Champions!

We are excited to announce MetWest High School (Oakland) as the 2015 UDPS Grand Slam Champion!

Litzy Castillo
Nakira Colson
Fatimah Dalil
Kiah Killens
Samaiyah Zareef-Mustafa
Luis Zárate

Michelle “Mush” Lee
Etang Inyang