Vision: By making the connection between poetry, spoken word, youth development and civic engagement, Youth Speaks aims to deconstruct dominant narratives in hopes of achieving a more inclusive, and active, culture. By providing free arts education to youth with limited access, Youth Speaks seek to empower young people with opportunities to discover and develop their own voices.
Impact: Poet Mentors facilitate writing, reading and speaking workshops. The Mentors serve as part of a classroom discourse. By sharing their own works, and providing feedback for youth, mentors offer narrative and expository texts that are written in their original and natural language, collectively transforming the classroom from a site of teacher-centered instruction to a community that promotes student-centered thought and dialogue.