Terisa has been involved with Youth Speaks for over a decade. 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, Assistant Coach and Head Coach of the Bay Area youth poetry slam team, and most recently a Senior Poet Mentor. 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.