Poet Mentor Fellow
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Tammy Vaitai is a spoken word poet and teaching artist. She was 16 when she competed in her first Brave New Voices festival in 2007 representing her hometown with Pomona, CA. Since being introduced to Youth Speaks she has planted roots in the Bay Area as a youth advocate, performer and facilitator. She was also the youngest Youth Development and General Manager for Old Skool Cafe, where she worked for 7 years, training and developing programs that serve young adults coming out of the juvenile justice system. As a keynote speaker and performer Tammy has been invited to introduce the Mayor of San Francisco at his State of the City Address, speak alongside Congressmen at the National Prayer Breakfast conference, represent Old Skool Cafe at TedxGoldenGatePark and had a featured spoken word piece on CNN Heroes. She has engaged youth all throughout the Bay Area through organizations such as SF Jazz, BUILD and local schools while team building and learning the art of creative writing and performance. She has taken many opportunities to share her story on perseverance and is proactively passionate in inspiring youth to empower and be empowered in their journey through their words.