School Residencies

Book A Youth Speaks Workshop

Youth Speaks offers free six-session virtual residencies for public high schools in San Francisco and paid residencies open to schools, organizations, and community sites throughout the world.

Since 1996, Youth Speaks has helped youth find, develop, present, and apply their voice, identity, power, and imagination towards social transformation. While we are often known for our big events, the most important work often happens behind the scenes within the intimate space of our Writing & Performance Workshops, where we connect a trained Poet Mentor with educators to bring Youth Speaks directly to your students. Due to the ongoing pandemic, our workshops have moved online, which allows for our poet mentors to gather with you and your participants across the virtual table and hold space in new and exciting ways. We hope that you consider booking a Youth Speaks Writing & Performance Workshop or Series so we can help bring the noise to your virtual classroom or community space.

Here are our rates for booking a Youth Speaks Writing & Performance Workshop or Series for your school or organization, which vary based on number of sessions and level of customization. If you’re interested, fill out this form here and we will follow up with you about next steps.



Standard Writing & Performance Workshop

Youth Speaks offers a suite of classic workshops designed to help activate and develop youth voice. Our standard workshops are curated in advance by our team of Poet Mentors to make space for all participants to have fun practicing writing, sharing, and discussing the current political, social, economic and environmental challenges we and our communities are facing. These workshops are meant to both complement academic rigor and encourage artistic creativity.

One-Off Writing Workshop

  • SF & Oakland public schools & nonprofit orgs: rates beginning at $150 per workshop
  • Non-SF & Oakland public schools, private schools & for-profit orgs: rates beginning at $300 per workshop

4-6 Session Writing & Performance Workshop Series

  • SF & Oakland public schools & nonprofit orgs: rates beginning at $300 total
  • Non-SF & Oakland public schools, private schools & for-profit orgs: rates beginning at $600 total




Custom Writing & Performance Workshop

Do you have a vision and a specific topic you want to talk about with your participants? Our poet mentors are second-to-none at making space to help your participants explore their relationship to a wide range of topics, from the personal to the political. Book a custom workshop or series if you want to dive deeper with your participants on a specific topic or if you have a themed event you are preparing for.

Custom One-Off Writing & Performance Workshop Series

  • SF & Oakland public schools & nonprofit orgs: rates beginning at $300 total
  • Non-SF & Oakland public schools, private schools & for-profit orgs: rates beginning at $600 total

Custom 4-6 Session Writing & Performance Workshop Series

  • SF & Oakland public schools & nonprofit orgs: rates beginning at $600 total
  • Non-SF & Oakland public schools, private schools & for-profit orgs: rates beginning at $1200 total


PEDAGOGY

We believe that the life of the students serves as the primary text for our introductory writing workshops. In this way, we work to draw out the stories of the students before engaging in assigned readings. We have found that as students cultivate and apply their voices they are better equipped to draw enriching parallels between their personal narratives and those of Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison and so on.

To request a residency contact info@youthspeaks.org.

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