What We Do

Our program model identifies powerful youth poets that have a history of artistic success, civic and community engagement, social justice, and youth leadership.

How It Works

The National Youth Poet Laureate Nominations will OPEN FALL 2019. There will be five Youth Poet Laureates chosen, one from each region in the nation, selected by a panel of judges. All nominations will be judged using the same rubric and candidates with the highest numbers ranked will be chosen to represent that region.

Each network member organization is allowed to submit as many Youth Poet Laureates that still fit into the qualifying age group 13-19. The candidate must have held the Youth Poet Laureate title in their city to apply. We encourage partner organizations to work with your current and past (age qualified) Youth Poet Laureates on their applications.

The selections for the National Youth Poet Laureate Competition will be announced IN January 2020.

Each of the 5 Regional winners will also be named as finalists for the National Youth Poet Laureate title. Regional Youth Poet Laureates will also receive:

All-expense paid trip to perform at the National Youth Poet Laureate Commencement

*the National Youth Poet Laureate will be announced at this event.

An artwork/poster featuring their likeness and poetry produced by the Amplifier Foundation.

*each poet and partner organization will receive 15 copies of this poster.

All-expense paid writing retreat


Please apply directly to your region using the appropriate link below. Prepare to submit demographic and contact information about poet and organization, nine poems on one document, CV, short biography and photo of poet, as well as 1 poem on the topic “Poetry and Democracy” [for a total of 10 poems].


Midwest Link

Northeast Link

Southeast Link

Southwest Link

West Link


Regional Youth Poet Laureates