We are proud to announce that the Center for Investigative Reporting – parent organization to California Watch and The Bay Citizen – is launching a new partnership with San Francisco-based nonprofit Youth Speaks. Since 1998, the Youth Speaks' Brave New Voices Festival, the largest ongoing spoken word event in the world, has brought together young artists, educators and emerging leaders to celebrate artistic empowerment and youths’ voices.
More than 500 young people from across the United States and several countries participate in Brave New Voices each year. It’s a chance for the next generation to speak about education, detention, immigration, arts, politics and the environments in which we live.
For CIR, this partnership is a unique opportunity to engage a generation that we rarely reach. CIR will be involved in a variety of aspects of the festival this year, which will provide opportunities for participants to share critical issues that can inform and evolve our reporting, and for us to introduce them to investigative reporting on the issues that they care about. We hope the festival will be the beginning of an ongoing collaboration to engage young people in our work.
The Brave New Voices Festival runs July 17-21 in San Francisco. Click here for more information.