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Our Schedule

All are welcome to attend! BIPOC and LGBTQ youth encouraged!

Below you will find everything that’s planned and when it’s all taking place. Feel free to reach out with questions.

Kick-off event!

Saturday, January 27th, 2024
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José, 95116 


SCC Youth Poets Laureate and SCC Poets Laureate Emeriti Tshaka Campbell and Janice Lobo Sapigao!

Youth Writing Workshops

February & March 2024

Students will work with a local poet as a mentor as they develop their writing and/or performance skills. 

Please save these dates!

Sunday, 2/18/2024 

Time: TBA

Roy's Station Coffee & Tea
197 Jackson Street, San José, 95112

Instructor: Nisha Shenoy

“Somatic Poetry Workshop”

Course description TBA


Sunday, 3/3/2024 

11:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San José. 95112

"Color Our Future"

Led by Local Color

During the Paint Picnic, participants will be invited to fill in a mural design created by an artist on a large canvas. The canvas can then be displayed and shared throughout the community. The design of the canvas will be based on a poem created by Youth Poet Laureate members.



Saturday, 3/9/2024

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Venue TBA

"Parents Helping Parents Workshop"

Course description TBA

Applications for SCC Youth Poet Laureate Opens

Friday, March 1st, 2024 (12:00 a.m.)

Applications for SCC Youth Poet Laureate Closes

EXTENDED! New deadline is April 15th, 11:59 p.m.

Finalists Notified

Late April 2024

All applicants will be notified via email about the status of their applications.

Finalists will be announced & invited to a panel interview with fellow finalists. 

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 15th, 2024
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

TeaLyfe, 989 Story Road, Unit 8018, San José 95122

Finalists will do a final reading; we'll learn who will become the 2nd Santa Clara County Youth Poet Laureate!

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