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Mental Health Volunteers for the Brave New Voices Festival (Day 2!)

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BNV 2024

Brave New Voices - Mental Health Volunteers - 07/18/2024

This July 2024, over 100 youth poets and spoken word artists worldwide will compete in Washington DC for the title of Grand Slam Champions at the Annual Brave New Voices International Festival.

We're seeking Mental Volunteers to support the Mental Health & Decompression Station in various locations in Washington DC.

Mental Health Volunteers will support BNV staff and our youth artists as they navigate the festival and any topics that might be difficult for them. Mental Health Volunteers will play a crucial role by:

  • Engaging in active listening

  • Running activities

  • Creating a mutually helpful and supportive space

  • Building people's confidence by encouraging and motivating them to overcome any barriers during the festival

Other Requirements:

  • First Aid Certification

  • Recommended but not required Mental Health Certification

Mental Health volunteers will be supported by our Mental Health Coordinator.

About the Brave New Voices Festival

Brave New Voices is the only national youth poetry festival of its kind. Every year, hundreds of young poets and the nation’s leading artists convene in a different U.S. city for four days of arts education, performance, and civic engagement. This year we are returning to D.C. eight years after the last time we tore it down. Back for another election year, we will be speaking truth as always and honoring the loss of a towering femme, Cydney M. Edwards. Cyd was a fixture of Brave New Voices, being festival director many times, including last year.

Femme..is NOW

4 Shifts

  • Thu Jul 18, 2024 - 10:30 AM to 01:30 PM PST - Spots available: 3
    Shift #1 - Morning - Location: Planet Word Museum
  • Thu Jul 18, 2024 - 10:30 AM to 05:00 PM PST - Spots available: 1
    All-Day morning to afternoon Events located at Planet Word Museum
  • Thu Jul 18, 2024 - 01:30 PM to 05:00 PM PST - Spots available: 3
    Shift #2 - Afternoon - Location: Planet Word Museum
  • Thu Jul 18, 2024 - evening / 08:15 PM to 10:15 PM PST - Spots available: 3
    Shift #3 - Evening - Location: Eaton DC Hotel
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About Youth Speaks


265 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, 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


Thu Jul 18, 2024
10:30 AM - 10:15 PM
This opportunity has 4 shifts


Multiple locations Washington, DC 20005


  • Youth Services
  • Mental Health
  • Theater Arts
  • Program Management
  • Storytelling


  • Teens
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Please complete the Brave New Voices 2024 - Mental Health Volunteer Form: https://forms.gle/6uoMYkZCJant3xWr7

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