Within the Urban Word NYC community, the Word Wide Youth Leadership 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. The Youth Board works to increase Urban Word’s circle of influence in order to bring in more potential young leaders.

James Larkin
Youth Leader
David Tian
Youth Leader
Jeffrey LeGrande
Youth Leader
Maya-Ange Veras
Youth Leader

Zubaida Bello
Youth Leader
Andre Cheek
Youth Leader
Ebonaya Smallwood
Youth Leader


Each year, a group of 15-20 youth from our community are selected to serve on the 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.

As a Youth Board Member you will:

  • Receive personal mentorship
  • Be offered customized Workshops from Urban Word’s Poet-in-Residence
  • Learn to develop professional portfolios
  • Earn opportunities to cultivate your art across a number of genres.
  • Produce and cordinate monthly open mics in Brooklyn and Harlem
  • Facilitate your own wordshops, Town Hall meetings, and Teen Poetry Slams
  • As a team, produce an annual showcase of their work entitled: YB Heard
  • Earn a stipend (*stipends are only available as funding permits)

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Apply Here. Applications are due June 2nd.