Youth Speaks Celebrates 20 Years of Slam Poetry

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Two decades ago, San Francisco-based Youth Speaks held one of the country's first teen poetry slams. The event was a success and helped launch a nationwide youth poetry movement. Founder James Kass says he wanted to create a "safe space... for young people to speak out against what they feel is injustice, to celebrate their lives, to be a spark for change." Kass and two young poets join us to perform their work and talk about the legacy of Youth Speaks.


Gabriel Cortez, poet mentor, Youth Speaks

Tamia Romo, poet, member of SPOKES, the student advisory board of Youth Speaks

James Kass, founder and executive director, Youth Speaks