Youth Speaks

1663 Mission St. Suite 604, San Francisco , CA
+1 415.255.9035
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Spoken Word, Literary Arts
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Youth Speaks empowers the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists, and visionary activists through written and oral literacies. We challenge youth to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of social change.

Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is the leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs in the country. Presenters of local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, reading series, and more, Youth Speaks also offers a comprehensive slate of literary arts education programs during the school day and the after-school hours, and conducts numerous publications and youth development programs. All told, Youth Speaks works with 45,000 teens per year in the Bay Area alone, and has created partner programs in 36 cities across the United States.



  • Youth Speaks

  • Our poet mentors set it off at Street Academy in Oakland at a school wide aasembly!
  • School is back in session and so are we! We started off the week at O'Connell High in the mission and…
  • We are excited to be back at Street Academy in Oakland this afternoon for an assembly! Stay tuned for updates :)


  • Theater!

    Live Performance – the Antidote to the Movie Monotony
    06/13/2007 by SFS Staff

    These articles are a mix of teen-friendly venues and events. They were written to fill in the lack of all ages venues and clubs listings in the media. Because there are not enough places for teens to...  More »

  • Final Fridays: Under 21 Open Mic

    04/01/2001 by Sophia Hanifah

    Final Fridays is part of Youth Speaks' Bringing the Noise Reading Series, hosted by members of Spokes Youth Board -- their all-youth Board and internship program. Each year for more than 3 years, crea...  More »