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Youth Speaks Unified Festival Registration

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A week-long festival celebrating some of the most powerful youth voices in the Bay.

About this Event

The Unified Festival is a week-long festival celebrating some of the most powerful youth voices in the Bay. It is happening in Downtown Oakland April 14-18. For the first time ever, this year’s festival will include three Youth Speaks signature programs: Teen Poetry Slam, Unified Poetry Slam, and MC Olympics!

This is a unique opportunity to get to share your story and learn and listen with a community of writers, poet, performers, MCs, and other young folks.

This is an opportunity for friendly competition and community building with other young folks, schools and organizations from around the bay.

As an educator/coach, you should care because:

field trip opportunity

a space to uplift student voice

a chance to center youth narrative outside of the classroom

a place for folks to use their creative writing skills

get to network with other dedicated educators from across the Bay Area

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ORIENTATION

MANDATORY Unified orientation (for coaches and their teams) is Saturday March 21st from 3-5pm. Location: Downtown Oakland TBD

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REGISTRATION AND DEADLINES

This year, teams are required to submit a $30 registration fee. This is to ensure teams show up for their bouts and to help secure the winning team's prizes!

Teen Poetry Slam registration closes April 7th at 6pm

MC Olympics registration closes April 7th at 6pm

Unified Slam team registration closes March 20th at 6pm

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GUIDEBOOKS AND RULES

For all rules and info related to the Teen Poetry Slam, check out the 2020 Teen Poetry Slam Guidebook

For all rules and info related to the Unified Poetry Slam, check out the 2020 Unified Poetry Slam Guidebook

For all rules and info related to MC Olympics, check out the 2020 MC Olympics Guidebook

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INTERESTED IN BEING A JUDGE?

Register to judge HERE

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New + Interested Coach Meetings

So you want to coach a team at the Unified Poetry Slam but aren't sure where to begin? Join Youth Speaks for a meeting for new and interesting coaches. We are leading 3 sessions in January and February to help you get ready for the 2020 Unified Poetry Slam coming to Oakland April 14-18th. This is an opportunity for new and interested coaches to meet up and dialogue with Youth Speaks staff member and veteran coach, Gabriel Cortez, to get introduced to the rules, our teaching philosophy, and helpful strategies to get your team of youth poets ready to compete at Unified 2020. These meetings are completely optional.

When:

Jan 23 5-6:30pm

Feb 6 5-6:30pm

Feb 20 5-6:30pm

Where: All New + Interested Coach meetings will be held at Studiotobe (906 Washington St., Oakland) in the conference room downstairs.

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