Narrative Change Campaigns

Power Lab brings together youth, organizers, industry experts, and community leaders to leverage the power of culture to influence policy, combat misinformation, and heal civic trauma.

How It Works


  • We bring together passionate young poets to learn about the power of public narratives and social justice storytelling

  • We explore dominant narratives about complex issues at the center of young people’s lives

  • We innovate and create new poems, ensemble performances, digital films, and PSAs that connect individual voices to collective stories




Individual Artists Fellowship Program Northern California


Youth Speaks has been selected to administer the California Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship Program, which will regrant $740,000 among 35 California-based individual artists and culture bearers at the intersection of culture, ancestral and Indigenous practices, and multi-racial movement work. 

Power Lab Projects

For the past 15 years, the Power Lab model has leveraged strategic communications, partnered with movement organizers to shift culture & narratives to change policy. Take a look at campaigns to see our model in action: