SPOKES is the Youth Advisory Board and paid internship program of Youth Speaks. Each year, 15 young people are invited to be part of Spokes. Spokes members are the public face of Youth Speaks and develop special projects and produce events like the bimonthly Under 21 Open Mic series. Members conduct outreach to schools and at events, develop press materials, assist in the workshop program, and act as advisors to the Director of Bay Area Programs by meeting monthly to evaluate current programs and brainstorm new ones. Spokes members serve from September to July.
This design best utilizes youth development processes and practices, while fully incorporating Spokes members into the daily programming of Youth Speaks.