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The DC Youth Poetry Slam Team

THE DC YOUTH SLAM TEAM uses poetry to teach and empower teens from the DC metropolitan area to speak up about issues of social justice. With annual travel to regional and national poetry slam festivals such as Brave New Voices, the team provides outstanding opportunities, training, and a platform for talented youth to develop their writing, performance, and public speaking skills with guidance from mentors and teaching artists.

The team is a year-long program for students in DC and the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia (affectionately called the DMV area). Students must currently be enrolled in middle or high school and live in the area to be eligible for the team.

Interested in joining the team? Email

Our teen poets and adult teaching artists are available to perform, teach, facilitate workshops, and host events.

For booking inquiries: email Youth Programs Coordinator, Jonathan B. Tucker at or call 202.787.5279.

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The 2014 DC Youth Slam Team

2014 team photo

Abbey Pechman, Ayinde Sekou, Amina Iro*, Chyna McCombs, CiCi Felton, Eric Powell, Jr.*, Hannah Halpern*, Kenny Hahn, Lauren May, Malachi Byrd, Mariam Coker*, Morgan Butler, Quintin Paschall, Rodney Johnson, Tajai Williams, Thomas Hill

*Youth Leadership Interns


The 2013 DC Youth Slam Team

team photo from 2013 BNV


The 2012 DC Youth Slam Team

2012 team photo


The 2011 DC Youth Slam Team

2011 team photo


Video of the DC Youth Slam Team