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NYC Youth Poet Laureate Program

The New York City Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) program is a voting-themed teen competition designed to energize youth voters through spoken word poetry. The program is open to students, ages 16-19.

Congratulations to the 2015 winner Crystal Valentine! As the Youth Poet Laureate, Crystal and the Youth Poet Ambassadors (finalists in the program) will travel the five boroughs to speak to their peers about voting and civic engagement. The team will also embark on a tour of NYC High Schools and parks. Along with the title of NYC Youth Poet Laureate, Crystal will also receive a book deal of her poetry to be released at next year's slam in November.

NYC Youth Poet Laureate Winners
Learn more about the past winners and read their voting-themed poems:

To book the Youth Poet Laureate winner or a Poet Ambassador for a performance please fill out the booking survey. If your performance/interview request has been approved, you will be contacted within 2-3 days. All bookings will be handled in the order that they are received.

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The YPL Program is a partnership between Urban Word NYC and the CFB. Urban Word NYC presents literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, journalism, college prep, literature, and hip-hop. It provides writing workshops to teens year-round and hosts the Annual Teen Poetry Slam.