Eligibility for 2017-2018 Applicants:
Must be 13-19 years old. If you’re 18, you are only eligible to be on SPOKES for a maximum of 2 years.
If you are in High School, you are allowed to be on SPOKES for a maximum of 3 years.
Must be willing and able to commit to regular Youth Speaks events, monthly Spokes meetings, 2 Under-21 Open Mics per month, monthly workshops, and additional public events and productions that arise throughout the year.
Please fill out this application and submit to Aimee Espiritu at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to the address below. Selected applicants will be invited to a preliminary phone interview with us
. If you are selected to move forward in the hiring process, in-person group interviews will be held during the
last 2 weeks of June
at the Youth Speaks office. For each round, applicants will be interviewed by current SPOKES members and SPOKES Lead staff.
*If any of the interview dates change, applicants will be notified immediately.
SPOKES Youth Advisory Board Members are paid a stipend at the end of the 1st semester (December) and 2nd semester (June) for required hours completed.
Year In School
Please answer the questions below to the best of your ability.
How and why did you first get involved with You Speaks?
Describe one important experience you've had with Youth Speaks:
Why would you like to become a member of the SPOKES Youth Advisory Board?
How do you best express yourself artistically or otherwise? How did you become interested in this activity or hobby? How much time do you dedicate to it?
Youth Speaks is about collective transformation as much as it is individual voice. Please describe the communities you are from and/or have chosen to belong to.
SPOKES DEDICATE AN AVERAGE OF 18 HOURS A MONTH TO
THE PROGRAM FOR THE FOLLOWING EXPECTATIONS:
• Monthly Trainings at the Youth Speaks Office (3 hrs) • SPOKES Administrative Responsibilities (3 hrs) • 2 Monthly Under-21 Open Mics (5 hrs each) i.e. 2nd Fridays in Oakland and Final Fridays in San Francisco • Monthly Youth Speaks event (4-6 hrs) i.e. Special performances, Friendraiser, Life is Living, Bringing The Noise for Martin Luther King Jr., Teen Poetry Slam competition season, Grand Slam Finals, MC Olympics, Queeriosity
Do you foresee any personal commitments that may conflict with your ability to participate in all required SPOKES activities listed above? If Yes, please describe what extra-curricular activities, sports, clubs, etc. you are involved in and what the time commitment would be:
What are your visions/plans/hopes for your participation in SPOKES next year?
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