About the Youth Voices Speaker Series


The ​WNYNET Youth Voices Speaker Series showcases the work young people have conducted in English classrooms throughout Western New York. The series seeks to reclaim space for the voices of youth and their English teachers, and to reposition English classrooms as learning spaces of meaning, purpose, and power in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 


This event gives students the opportunity to showcase their thoughts, beliefs, and ideas about issues that are important to them and the larger community in which they live.



​What should presentations look like?

Students' presentations at the Youth Voices Speaker series have ranged from short documentary-style films to spoken word poetry. In the past, students have created a variety of presentations including “Between Two Worlds: Identity and the Individual Experience of Immigration,” “Coloring in the Lines: Self-segregation in Black Culture,” and “New Perspectives: Young Men and the Critical Reading of Gender in Literature and the World.” 


Please watch our informational video to learn more about the event:

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2020 Youth Voice Speaker Series Planning Meeting


Thursday, January 9, 2020
​Buffalo State College

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Free for all attendees

5 CTLE hours available


We will walk participants through the Youth Voices inquiry process, provide samples of unit plans, and share various presentations students have given in previous years. Participants will have time to work individually and collaboratively to develop their curriculum. We will also share information about the upcoming event on Thursday, May 7, 2020.


Please click the button below to register for the planning meeting.