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.
In the 2016-17 academic year, Youth Speaks is offering five-year-long residencies at designated public high schools in Oakland and San Francisco. These workshops are meant to both complement academic rigor and encourage artistic creativity.
Youth Speaks is offering Bay Area High Schools with the opportunity to participate in our High School Residency Program. Within the program, Youth Speaks will connect a trained Poet Mentor with teachers and educators to facilitate in-school writing and performance workshops.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, Poet Mentors will support each school within the timeframe of 4-8 weeks. These in-school Residencies will be a short-term, weekly collaboration that allows for a more customizable fit within the needs of our partner schools.
In addition to in-class workshops, partner schools will receive: a kick-off assembly, on campus programming & field trip opportunities, and professional development resources for teachers.
To request a residency contact firstname.lastname@example.org.