SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Youth Speaks, one of the country's leading nonprofit arts organizations presents The Annual Unified District Poetry Slam Finals in Oakland, CA at the James Moore Theatre at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, February 21, 2014.
Building off of the success of the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam, the Unified District Poetry Slam engages over twenty five high schools from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to cultivate poetry slam clubs and participate in a region-wide team poetry slam. Each participating high school will have a team of four to six students who will perform original works of poetry using their own vernacular. This event challenges participants to become leaders in their schools and communities by creating opportunities for students to share their narratives and address relevant issues with one another. The Unified District Poetry Slam fosters a spirit that celebrates the idea of community over the individual. This event launches Youth Speaks' slam season, which culminates this year in our Brave New Voices international Youth Poetry Slam in July.
Participating high schools include: Gateway, Balboa, Mission, Downtown, City Arts and Tech, Lowell, MetWest, Oakland Tech, Oakland School for the Arts, Newark Memorial, Mt. Eden, Berkeley, San Leandro, and Oceana. The top six teams make it to the Unified District Poetry Slam Finals stage to competing for the 2014 Unified District Poetry Slam Championship.
About Youth Speaks
Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is the leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs in the country. Youth Speaks first produced Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1997, and has since been an important cornerstone of Youth Speaks' annual programming.
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The Unified District Poetry Slam Finals will feature the top six high schools from throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area competing for the 2014 Unified District Poetry Slam Championship.
The Unified District Poetry Slam Finals
James Moore Theatre at the Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 95607
February 21, 2014
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Free Admission. Seats are limited.
For more information, please visit www.youthspeaks.org
SOURCE Youth Speaks