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Teen Poetry Finals Judge

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The top highest-scoring poets from prelims are joined by finalists from the previous year to compete for the opportunity to perform at Teen Poetry Slam Finals. There are two semifinal bouts and each is two rounds long, featuring 12 poets each. The top 6 scoring poets in both semifinal bouts move on to finals on 3/10/23.

Poetry Slams are 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 on to the semifinals, with the highest-scoring poet from each preliminary bout winning $50.

No poetry experience is necessary, just enthusiasm!

Judges (5) 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.

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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
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy


Fri Mar 10, 2023
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Herbst Theatre401 Van Ness Ave.San Francisco, CA 94102



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Music Arts
  • Theater Arts
  • Exhibition Arts
  • Storytelling




  • Orientation or Training

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