SPOKES Youth Advisory Board

Want to Join a team of young people who actively participate in Youth Speaks programs, give us feedback, help us imagine, and plan our activities and events throughout the year? Join SPOKES! SPOKES is Youth Speaks youth advisory board! Each year, ten Bay Area youth join SPOKES to grow as cultural organizers and arts practitioners by using their leadership skills to make the world more just, liberatory, and fun for their communities.


This year's application is ONLY open to students between the ages of 13-21 that LIVE in San Francisco, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, or Solano County. All Youth Speaks events for the 24-25 programmatic year will take place in either San Francisco or Oakland.

SPOKES will advise the programs team on events and activities throughout the school year as well as learn to host open mics, lead workshops, and plan the annual Backyard Conference in June 2025. The themes and activities for this event will be curated and led by you! It should focus on things you want people in your community to care about, invest in, or talk about more deeply. We can't wait to hear your ideas!