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Youth Speaks' Monthly Under-21 Open Mics and Poetry Slam Prelims welcome the Bay Area's youth poets and storytellers to compete for a $50 prize and a chance to represent the Bay Area at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival!

Poetry Slams are an Olympic-style competitions where poets have 3 minutes to rock the stage and 5 judges give it a score. The Teen Poetry Slam consists of 3 rounds - preliminary, semi-finals, and finals. The top-scoring poets in each preliminary bout move onto the semifinals, with the highest-scoring poet from each preliminary bout winning $50.
The top 6 highest scoring individuals from grand slam finals are invited to represent Team Bay Area at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Preliminary slams take place September through December, semifinals occur in January and February, and Finals are in March.

No poetry experience is necessary, just enthusiasm! Judges will receive a brief training on how Youth Speaks approaches judging a Poetry Slam. The Slam host will walk you through how to judge and how to use our scorecards and will answer any questions you might have.

September 9, 2022 - June 9, 2023
Every 2nd Friday * 6 pm PST
Youth Speaks Office
265 Shotwell, San Francisco
Preliminary Slams: 10/14/22, 11/11/22, 12/9/22

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About Youth Speaks


1446 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, US

Mission Statement

Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high-quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change.


Youth Speaks understands & believes that the power, insight, creativity, & passion of young people can change the world, Youth Speaks has long been recognized for innovative arts education & youth development practices. Founded in San Francisco in 1996, Youth Speaks launched comprehensive programs for teens in & out of school, producing the first youth poetry slam in the nation in 1997, before launching national programs like the Brave New Voices Festival in 1998. Youth Speaks sustains an integrated series of programs, performances, and convenings that engage tens of thousands of youth locally, and hundreds of thousands nationally and globally. We continue to provide responsive and accessible programming during Covid-19 through online workshops, residencies, open mics, special events, campaigns, and publications.


Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Community


Fri Oct 14, 2022
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM


265 Shotwell StreetUnit BSan Francisco, CA 94110




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  • Two (2) hours. The Poetry Slam runs from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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