The Youth Board works to increase Urban Word’s circle of influence in order to bring in more potential young leaders.

Within the Urban Word NYC community, the Word Wide Youth Leadship Board serves as the liaison between the organization and the community youth that we serve. We strive to address the challenges of our community and impact positive change on social and institutional levels.

Each year, a group of 15-20 youth from our community are selected to serve on the Word Wide Youth Leadership Board. They have regular office hours; attend meetings with staff, school partners and funders; and facilitate workshops, open mics and slams. They are the bridge between our staff and youth community, which is the key to our student-centered social justice pedagogy. No major organizational decisions are made without their input and support.

Youth Board members are the torchbearers of our movement, gaining artistic and professional development skills that will help to shape their career ideals.