|Youth Speaks: about us
||[Apr. 11th, 2006|12:36 pm]
2169 Folsom St., Studio 100, San Francisco, CA 94110
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.
Shifting perceptions of youth by combating illiteracy, alienation, and silence to create a global movement of brave new voices bringing the noise from the margin to the core.
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 agents for social change.