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There are many ways to make your voice heard!

Each year, we look out for our own local youth poet laureate here at NYC Votes! This voting-themed spoken word poetry competition energizes student voters — and helps engage peers through performances all year long.

Coordinated by NYC Votes and Urban Word, our Youth Poet Laureate program has reached over 100,000 youth across the city since its inception.

Laureates serve as leaders in the NYC youth community, championing the voice of the youth vote, performing and speaking at events, and conducting peer-to-peer voter engagement activities.

Past Youth Poet Laureates

2018 — William Lohier
2017 — Sharon Lin
2016 — Nkosi Nkululeko
2015 — Crystal Valentine
2014 — Ramya Ramana
2013 — Ashley August
2012 — Ishmael Islam
2011 — Justin Long Moton
2010 — Zora Howard