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SAYS Finalists Takarra Johnson and Julien Clark spitting in front of 2014’s Words Take Wing evening lecture.
Each spring, hundreds of Sacramento area students compete in local poetry competitions, or slams; ultimately, a team of six students from SAYS compete at the International Brave New Voices competition. All area students ages 13 – 19 are encouraged to compete. Samantha Justice, a senior at Natomas Charter School’s Performing and Fine Arts Academy in Sacramento, Calif., made this documentary about the 2014 Slam Season.
Watch this video overview of the 2013 SAYS Summit, featuring program leaders, poet mentors, students and teachers.
See photos of SAYS poets and educators on UC Davis’ website
Over 500 youth attended the fourth annual SAYS Summit in 2012.
In 2010, Nate Hall went on school visits and attended writing workshops to become a better poet. Talented and amazing as is, Nate became the 2010 SAYS SLAM Champion. Along with other SAYS SLAM finalists, he traveled to Los Angeles to be part of the 13th Annual Brave New Voices. Interacting with teams from all over the world, and honored by celebrities like Common, Rosario Dawson, Talib Kweli, Sanaa Lathan, these photos share his incredible experience.
Local Sacramento youth want a space for their voice to heard. SAYS, in collaboration with Sol Collective, presents Sacramento’s only Under-21 OPEN MIC. This is a free event that is open to the general public, but only youth who are 21 years of age and under are allowed to sign up on the Open Mic. Come out and support what the youth have to say. Sometimes listening means everything. Special features are selected every month to inspire the young poets to keep being creative and outspoken.
The Under-21 OPEN MIC is the first Friday of most months at Sol Collective – 2574 21st Street, Sacramento, Ca. Here are photos of the 1st OPEN MIC in February 2010. With a great turnout of people for the first event, we are excited to see more young talent from Sacramento finding this open mic as the place to be. Photos are taken by Kristen Gray, who is a high school senior at Sheldon High.
Grand Opening Weekend: May 15, 2009
On Friday May 15, 2009, over 350 young people from the Sacramento region (Twin Rivers Unified School District, Elk Grove Unified School District, and Sacramento City Unified School District all brought buses packed with students and teachers) spent the day at UC Davis in writing workshops. In the evening, they braved the stage at the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre. The theatre exploded with their voices.
In July 2009, SAYS took a small group of young poets and educators to the International Teen Poetry Festival in Chicago. The annual festival hosted hundreds of young poets, representing over 50 cities and towns across the United States and beyond, who attended writing workshops and performances from July 14-19, 2009. SAYS was among the hundreds.
Our crew consisted of Charday (12th grader, Grant High); Nate (12th grader, Elk Grove High); Lavesha (9th grader, McClatchy High); Zany (just graduated from Genesis High); Zenae Scott (SCUSD Representative); Principal Vigil (Cal Middle); Guillermo Torres (Mutual Assistance Network/Poet-Mentor); Nicole Martinez (Elk Grove Unified teacher/Poet-Mentor); Dahlak Brathwaite (Poet-Mentor/SAYS educator); and Vajra Watson (UC Davis Representative). Our crew consisted of Charday (12th grader, Grant High); Nate (12th grader, Elk Grove High); Lavesha (9th grader, McClatchy High); Zany (just graduated from Genesis High); Zenae Scott (SCUSD Representative); Principal Vigil (Cal Middle); Guillermo Torres (Mutual Assistance Network/Poet-Mentor); Nicole Martinez (Elk Grove Unified teacher/Poet-Mentor); Dahlak Brathwaite (Poet-Mentor/SAYS educator); and Vajra Watson (UC Davis Representative).