The Voices of Youth Matter

We create spaces that challenge youth to develop and amplify their voices as creators of societal change.



This year we have several opportunities from hybrid writing workshops, Under 21 Open Mics, and the Teen Poetry Slam.

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"Barrels to Bouquets: America Without Gun Violence” Spoken Word Competition

Join our online spoken word competition open to all Bay Area youth ages 13- 21. The top-scoring poet will be featured at a special performance at the SkyBar in the Chase Center in San Francisco on October 6, 2022, with Golden State Warriors’ Head Coach, Steve Kerr.

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Life is Living

The 2022 Life is Living Festival presented by Youth Speaks is Saturday, October 8 at Lil Bobby Hutton Park in West Oakland. Join us for activations from The Peoples Kitchen Collective, Town Park, Oakhella, ArtEsteem, the City of Oakland Arts Commission, Dark Star Universe, BAOBOB, Edutainment for Equity, and more of your local favorites.


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