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Executive Director: Michelle “Mush” Lee
We create spaces that challenge youth to amplify their voices as creators of societal change.
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There could not be a better time for Youth Speaks to expand its vision, wisdom, and innovation to the evolving task of building power for the next generation. I have been blessed to see Youth Speaks work to inspire and catalyze young minds to bring truth, beauty, and wonder into a world in need. Times have changed, but the urgency of Youth Speaks’ mission has not.“
Powering Up the Voices of Youth
Youth Speaks has been encouraging young people to use poetry, stories, art, and their voices to drive political change and justice for over 25 years.
Their innovative program, Power Lab, will pair 20 young poets, writers, and culture-bearers with movement partners to continue to impact our culture in substantial ways. Youth Speaks needs only 40% of its seed fund, a remaining $2 million, to support its Power Lab artistic fellowships over two years and $250,000 to continue their mission of amplifying young voices.
California Arts Council
Emily Leys and Gene Chung
Golden State Warriors
Barbara and Amos Hostetter
National Endowment for the Arts
Jenny Fan Raj and Nehal Raj
San Francisco Department
Youth & Their Families
San Francisco Grants for the Arts
The Center for Cultural Power
The John D. and Catherine T.
The Morgan Plouffe Family
The Robert and Michelle
Universal Music Group,
Taskforce for Meaningful Change