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THANK YOU to every poet who poured their heart on stage this past Saturday at the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals. We were all transformed by your truth and inspired by the example you set. The stories that were shared reminded us of the pain we carry but also of our resilience and collective strength. We held space for one another to speak, unmasked, and dared to love. Take time to reach out and continue the dialogue these poems provoke in us — they mark the beginning of a journey that stretches before us.
Building off of the success of Youth Speaks in-school and after-school workshops, assemblies, open mic’s and the Teen Poetry Slam, the District Poetry Slam is an exciting opportunity for high school’s students to perform, dialogue, and speak their minds with high school youth throughout the district and the entire Bay Area.
The event is a team slam, with each participating school having a team of 4-6 poets. The District Slam event is open to schools beyond San Francisco and Oakland: schools from across the East Bay, North Bay, and Peninsula are invited to send a team to the Greater Bay Slam preliminary bout! Spots are limited, and priority is given to schools with Youth Speaks residencies and/or SLAM clubs.
This year, our theme of “No Guns” emerges within a historical context of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement’s unwavering commitment to practicing non-violence. Today, we challenge each of us to re-commit ourselves to an ethics of love that unravels the very fabric of violence. We continue to affirm life and the pressing need to openly address the deep psychic wounds within us. We acknowledge and honor those who have passed without ever making a news headline. We continue to fight for gun control and all forms of disarmament. We dare to love in a time that begs us to be neutral and indifferent. Now more than ever, we must create, reflect, dialogue and act — together. We must secure a brighter future for our young people and ourselves. In the words of Dr. King:
"Somebody must have some sense in this world. Somebody must have sense enough to meet hate with love, somebody must have sense enough to meet physical force with soul force. If we will but try this way, we will be able to change these conditions and yet at the same time win the hearts and souls of those who have kept these conditions alive."
Join us in creating a soul force that has sense enough to love!