Under 21 Open Mic


Our Open Mics are where poets perform new work and build bonds with young artists locally, and with our online open mics, globally.

Come through to the Under 21 Open Mic, an event celebrating young people, their voices, and all the ways they manifest. Poems, songs, freestyles, speeches, dance pieces, and more are welcome. The Open Mic is open to all skill levels, age 13-21.

Every 2nd and 4th Fridays • 5 pm PST
Youth Speaks Office
265 Shotwell, SF
Open to youth 13 – 21-years-old only

Teen Poetry Slam


For over 20 years, the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam has propelled spoken word around the globe. Youth from all over the Bay compete to become a finalist and rep the Bay at Brave New Voices.

For over 20 years, the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam has propelled spoken word around the globe. Youth from all over the Bay compete to become a finalist and rep the Bay at Brave New Voices.

Bring your best poem to compete for a $50 prize and a chance to represent the Bay Area at Brave New Voices 2022! Poetry Slams are an Olympic-Style Competition, where poets have 3 minutes to rock the stage, and 5 judges score it.

The Teen Poetry Slam is only open to Bay Area youth. If you’re not a Bay Area youth, volunteer to help judge the event!