Youth Speaks Amplifies the Narrative Power of a New Generation

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Youth Speaks

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Advancement Director: Kaylé Barnes


We create spaces that challenge youth to develop and amplify their voices as creators of societal change.

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When I was a young person, I needed a place where my voice was honored and reflected back to me, and where I could celebrate my experience, but also bring Oakland culture into new spaces where I deserve to belong. Without Youth Speaks, there’s no way I’d have the faculty with language, the confidence in myself to celebrate and dignify life with that language, and the support of the community it takes to be a world-class creative. I am proud to return to Youth Speaks as a board member at this exciting moment in the organization’s story.
Chinaka Hodge, Poet, Educator, Playwright, Screenwriter, and Producer

Key Supporters

Deborah Santana
Jenny Fan Raj and Nehal Raj
Renée DuPree
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
The Morgan Plouffe Family
Hellman Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Families
San Francisco Grants for the Arts