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March 13, 2002

Bay Area teenagers will converge on campus to express themselves through the spoken word at a Youth Speaks meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Friends of SFSU and Youth Speaks are invited to hear poetry and spoken word performances from Bay Area youth, including SFSU students, as they promote positive social dialogue across the boundaries of age, race, class, gender and culture.

Founded in 1996 by James Kass, a former grad student in creative writing, Youth Speaks gives teens between the ages of 12 and 19 a voice. As part of a sweeping national phenomenon, teenagers are picking up pens and pencils, grabbing microphones and communicating their hopes, fears and observations of the world around them. Youth Speaks has been on the frontline of the movement, offering thousands of teens free programs that allow them to find and develop their voices through classroom workshops, open mic readings and poetry slam competitions.

For more information, contact Doris Flowers or Rita Yee. Or call (415) 338-1497.

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