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From a whisper to a roar, Youth Speaks empowers young people worldwide

Courtesy Youth Speaks
Poets at a Youth Speaks Brave New Voices event


On this edition of Your Call, we're celebrating National Poetry Month by speaking with two young poets and the senior program manager from Youth Speaks, a San Francisco based organization that teaches young poets how to use their words to express themselves, shape their place in the world, and build community.




Youth Speaks empowers young people with opportunities to discover and develop their voices. Youth Speaks believes that literacy is a need, not a want. From a whisper to a roar, how are these young people using their voices to create change?


Deema Awadalla, a 13-year-old Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Finalist

Anvi Gulrajani, a 16-year-old Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Finalist

Janae Johnson, Youth Speaks senior program manager and spoken word poet

Web Resources:

Youth Speaks: Teen Poetry Slam, Saturday, April 14, in San Francisco

SF Gate: Poetry Slam: 20 years of youth finding their voice

Huffington Post: How Slam Poetry Helps Teenagers Make Sense Of A Brutal World

Crosscut: At the mic: Teens slam injustice with poetry