The Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam

youth speaks teen poetry slam champion

“[Slams were] always about the community, and having a place where I could be heard and seen.”
-Chinaka Hodge, YS Alumnus

About The Slam

21 years ago, Youth Speaks held the first ever Teen Poetry Slam, sparking a global movement.
Do you want to slam? Spit your truth and check out young people speaking to the most important issues of our time.


“Not only did I find other youth like me, but I saw their expansive and insightful minds, giving voice to issues of gender policy and acceptance.”
-HS Participant


GRAND SLAM FINALS BOUT


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Nourse Auditorium | 275 Hayes St. | SF | Civic Center BART
Bout Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

General Admission Tickets: $5 Youth | $10 Adults | $50 VIP
Slam Season 2018 — Opens February 15!


PRELIMINARY BOUTS


#1 Friday, February 16, 2018

Galería de la Raza | 2857 24th Street | San Francisco |24th Street BART
Doors & Registration: 6:30 PM
Bout Time: 7 PM – 9 PM


#2 Saturday, February 17, 2018

Chapter 510 | 2301 Telegraph Ave | Oakland | 19th Street BART
Doors & Registration: 12:30 PM
Bout Time: 1 PM – 3 PM


#3 Saturday, February 24, 2018

RYSE Youth Center | 205 41st St | Richmond | Richmond Station BART
Doors & Registration: 12:30 PM
Bout Time: 1 PM – 3 PM


#4 Friday, March 2, 2018

Galería de la Raza | 2857 24th Street | San Francisco |24th Street BART
Doors & Registration: 6:30 PM
Bout Time: 7 PM – 9 PM


#5 Saturday, March 3, 2018

Chapter 510 | 2301 Telegraph Ave | Oakland | 19th Street BART
Doors & Registration: 12:30 PM
Bout Time: 1 PM – 3 PM


#6 Saturday, March 10, 2018

Chapter 510 | 2301 Telegraph Ave | Oakland | 19th Street BART
Doors & Registration: 12:30 PM
Bout Time: 1 PM – 3 PM


#7 Friday, March 16, 2018

Chapter 510 | 2301 Telegraph Ave | Oakland | 19th Street BART
Doors & Registration: 6:30 PM
Bout Time: 7 PM – 9 PM


#8 Saturday, March 17, 2018

1AM Gallery/First Amendment | 1000 Howard Street | San Francisco |Powell Street Station BART
Doors & Registration: 12:30 PM
Bout Time: 1 PM – 3 PM

SEMIFINAL BOUTS


#1 Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mission Cultural Center | 2868 Mission Street | SF | 24th St Mission BART
Doors & Registration: 4:30 PM
Bout Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


#2 Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mission Cultural Center | 2868 Mission Street | SF | 24th St Mission BART
Doors & Registration: 6:30 PM
Bout Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


#3 Saturday, March 31, 2018

Red Bay Coffee Warehouse | 3098 E 10th St | Oakland | Fruitvale Station BART
Doors & Registration: 4:30 PM
Bout Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


#4 Saturday, March 31, 2018

Red Bay Coffee Warehouse | 3098 E 10th St | Oakland | Fruitvale Station BART
Doors & Registration: 6:30 PM
Bout Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Congratulations

Congratulations to the top 5 scoring poets of the 2017 Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam!

2017 GRAND SLAM CHAMPIONS

Samuel Getachew – 14, Oakland
Yujane Chen – 19, Berkeley/Fullerton/Taipei
Daya Levie – 13, Pacifica
Ronald Vinson – 16, Richmond
Keturah Nobles – 19, San Leandro


Watch Highlights

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A Boy Made Out of Lead

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