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Help us fill the world with the stories of 500 young poets by supporting Brave New Voices.

For the past 23 years, it’s taken a global village of poets, artists, musicians, organizers, loving friends and family, small businesses, and major institutions to create one of the most unique spaces in the world: Brave New Voices. Today, we’re inviting you to join our diverse collective of supporters, volunteers, and partners to invest in the Festival, whether it’s a meal for one of 500 young poets, or a venue for a preliminary slam. Your gift, along with the countless staff and volunteer hours, in-kind donations, and institutional support, will fuel the movement of brave new voices. Join the movement today.


The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival is the only festival of its kind. Over 500 young poets, their mentors, and the nation’s leading artists and cultural workers convene for 4 days of arts education, artistic expression, and civic engagement.

Brave New Voices
July 17-20, 2019
Las Vegas

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The voices of young people matter



Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change.


Youth Speaks exists to shift the perceptions of youth by combating illiteracy, isolation, alienation, and silence, creating a global movement of brave new voices bringing the noise from the margins to the core.

Youth Speaks: National

brave new voices

Brave New Voices is a network of arts organizations and an international poetry festival for young writers and poets.

emerging arts fellowship

Our Emerging Arts Programs is a two-year Youth Speaks professional development program in the SF Bay Area.

the bigger pciture

The Bigger Picture (a partnership with UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations) inspires young people to change the conversation about Type 2 diabetes.

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Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks