Youth Empowerment

Several projects were launched between 2019 and 2022 to encourage creative expression and civic participation among San Mateo County’s youth. These include:

Daly City Youth Poet Laureate Program

South San Francisco Youth Poet-in-Residence Program

Menlo Park Youth Poetry Contest

Redwood City Public Library’s “Poetry Makers,” a makerspace poetry lab co-founded by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

Youth & Ecopoetry Project

Wordslam Youth Poetry Competition, founded by East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chache

I Have a Dream: Inaugural Poems for a New Generation Anthology featuring the work of 115 students, 6 to 16 years old

Filoli Best Under 18 Haiku Competition

Housing Leadership Council’s Youth Poetry & Art Competition to raise awareness of affordable housing