The Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam

youth speaks teen poetry slam champion

“[Slams were] always about the community, and having a place where I could be heard and seen.”
-Chinaka Hodge, YS Alumnus


About The Slam

21 years ago, Youth Speaks held the first ever Teen Poetry Slam, sparking a global movement.
Do you want to slam? Spit your truth and check out young people speaking to the most important issues of our time.


“Not only did I find other youth like me, but I saw their expansive and insightful minds, giving voice to issues of gender policy and acceptance.”
-HS Participant


Watch Highlights

Paranoia Summer

I’m Tired

Ashley’s Story

A Boy Made Out of Lead

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