Youth Speaks

For General Support Of The Living Word Project

  • Amount
    $175,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    10/17/2005
  • Term
    24 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.youthspeaks.org 
Address
1446 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
Youth Speaks is one of the premier nonprofit presenters of spoken word in the United States, producing multiple forums for performance as well as a comprehensive curriculum of workshops, arts education, and youth development programs for young people aged thirteen to nineteen. Its reach is widespread: 45,000 Bay Area youth participate in its local programs, including its repertory theater company, The Living Word Project; 250,000 people benefit from its national programs such as Brave New Voices, an annual gathering of young poets; and fifty-three like-minded organizations throughout the country have joined a national network that the organization helped build. This rapid growth trajectory has been a challenge: Youth Speaks is presently struggling to find the appropriate staffing and financial structure to sustain and expand its programs under the national spotlight it has garnered.
for general operating support  
Youth Speaks is one of the premier nonprofit presenters of spoken word in the United States, producing multiple forums for performance as well as a comprehensive curriculum of workshops and youth development programs. It directly serves 10,000 young people aged thirteen to twenty-four each year in the Bay Area, but its reach is far wider, serving 250,000 youth through national program partnerships and 750,000 more through its digital platforms. With experience has emerged a new focus on professional development for its staff and educators, the organization’s most important assets. Renewed support would help Youth Speaks to continue to solidify its programs and brand, while strengthening critical leadership and financial structures to sustain its work.

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