“[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.
Under 21 Open Mics & Teen Poetry Slam
September 2018 – April 2019
EVERY SECOND FRIDAY (OAK)
SoleSpace – 1714 Telegraph, Oakland (near 19th Street BART)
Starting: Friday, January 11th
EVERY FINAL FRIDAY (SF)
Manny’s Cafe – 3092 16th Street, San Francisco (near 16th Street BART)
Starting: Friday, January 25th
LIST OPENS AT 5:30PM • SLAM STARTS AT 7:00PM
“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.”