The Oakland Public Library, in partnership with Youth Speaks, ProArts and more than a dozen community partners, are thrilled to announce 8 finalists for the City of Oakland’s second annual Youth Poet Laureate competition.

Olivia Hoffman, 16, Oakland School for the Arts
Maya Bello, 16, Holy Names High School
Obasi Davis, 17, Berkeley High School
Robert Paige, 18, Oakland Technical High School
Mina Jameson, 15, Oakland School for the Arts
Francesca Paris, 16, Head-Royce School
Cindy Huey, 17, Oakland Technical High School
Kai Smith, 15, Oakland School for the Arts

CONGRATULATIONS! These talented young poets made it through a highly competitive first round of judging. First-round evaluations were based solely on the strengthen of the poetry. Judges looked for writing that demonstrated Overall Artistic Excellence, Bold Approach in Content and Form, Outstanding Creativity, Originality and Authenticity. The eight finalists represent the best of Oakland’s young talent.

Harris says this school brings out the best in kids because they choose to be here. "It’s something they love, and they get in here because of that. They know they earned their way in, and then when they get here, they’re involved with other like-minded students. So all those factors together keep kids what we call engaged—that’s one of the new educational terms—we think they’re engaged," says Harris."
Natalie Meier, KALW


"In this article I interview Olivia Noelle, a multitalented  artist from Oakland, California. She has recently been featured in an all-girls art show called Nuclear Summer, with Stephanie Pence, Teryn Brown, Sarah Bowser, and Lanee Bird; which was June 21st at San Franpsycho on 9th Avenue . We talk about her different skills, her roots, passions, what she has been working recently, and many other things."
Pablo’s Picks

"Local Oakland youth win first place in a national film competition after submitting their documentary about the commercial sexual exploitation of minors in Oakland, CA. View the trailer and learn about why they wanted to focus on human trafficking so close to home."  by Seung-Yeon Choi, H.E.A.T. Watch

Check out the article below!

Here is a link to a video titled “International Boulevard” produced by Zoe Yi and Rebecca Dharmapalan, then an 11th grade OSA students. Their video was submitted into a youth film festival and won. The students were flown to Harvard University to present their work.