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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: Bay Area

youth speaks youth opportunities

Committed to critical, youth-centered pedagogy, Youth Speaks places students in control over their intellectual and artistic development in schools, community-based settings, and performance venues across the San Francisco Bay Area.

youth speaks educator opportunities

Get to know more about the Youth Speaks pedagogy and methodologies through varying levels of professional development programs designed specifically for teachers.

youth speaks public events

Join us for local Bay Area public events and become an active member of the Youth Speaks family! The best way to learn about what we do is to experience it for yourself.

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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