Terisa has been involved with Youth Speaks for years. She began as an intern back in 2009, and continued on to support the organization as a poet mentor, workshop facilitator, Project Coordinator, school team member, and Assistant Coach of the 2016 Bay Area youth poetry slam team. Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks has long championed a local, national, and increasingly global movement of young people picking up pens and stepping proudly onto stages, declaring themselves present. We believe that literacy is a need, not a want. One of the world’s leading presenters of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs, Youth Speaks produces local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, and reading series, alongside a comprehensive slate of arts-in-education programs during the school day, in the after-school hours and on weekends. In addition, we create internationally-recognized theater and digital programming, and have helped launch a national network of over 70 programs who believe in the power of young people. To learn more, check out Youth Speak's website.