SAYS Slam Season: March Madness

Student Documentary on SAYS Annual Youth Poetry Slam - 2014

2014 Slam Season Video

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.

2012 SAYS Slam

2012 SAYS Slam Finals - Jenny Vargas

Jenny Vargas in the 2012 SAYS Slam finals.

"I just want to be Successful"-Amelyka Hendrix

Amelyka Hendrix

Slam poetry artist, Amelyka Hendrix, performs her original piece in the opening rounds of the S.A.Y.S.(Sacramento Area Youth Speaks) competition. She placed first and earned a berth into the 2nd round, which will take place April 31, 2010 in the La Raza Galleria on 22nd Street in the midtown of Sacramento, California.

2009 SAYS Poetry Slam

2009 SAYS Poetry Slam

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.

2015 Slam Season dates coming soon

Brave New Voices

Learn more about SAYS in the context of the international movement to empower youth through poetry. Visit the Brave New Voices website.