Youth Speaks

Too dope to be free

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But it is! No ticket price required, but you might want to show up early for the wildly popular Queeriosity. 

It’s Youth Speaks’ annual queer poetry slam. The mostly high school age poets who will lay their stunningly well-worded wisdom upon you will be having fun tomorrow night, but they are not messing around. Read more »

“Unadulterated, uncensored kids”: Youth Speaks' grand slam is back

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When the then-17 year old Erica McMath-Sheppard became one of our Best of the Bay Local Heroes last year, she hadn't just earned the distinction – she had taken it as her own. What else could we have done when we heard about her winning presence onstage at the Youth Speaks grand slam spoken word finals?

And from her firey performance sprang something greater – Erica, a foster child, was able to cast a light on a system that is royally messed-up but largely unseen, since the main people who have to deal with its fall-out are young, voiceless. Read more »