The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam is a program of Spoken Futures, Inc. All Spoken Futures programs use the following guidelines & safety norms.

Community Guidelines

  1. Respect the space. This means your space, your peers’ space, and the physical space we inhabit.
  2. Practice Brave Space. Brave Space is a setting in which we are learning and growing all the time. Be willing to share, and be willing to learn.
  3. Make space, take space. When you have had the chance to speak for a long time, make space for someone new to add their thoughts. In contrast, take up the space you need to get your voice to be heard.
  4. Offer constructive criticism. Critique can help make us better writers and better people. However, you should not be rude or cruel.
  5. Ask for consent. Whether you want to hug a poet or talk to them about their poem, consent is incredibly important so that everyone feels safe.
  6. Be inclusive. Be friendly and welcoming to new poets! Talk to someone you don’t know.
  7. Your voice is powerful. Use it intentionally. TYPS is hate-free space.
  8. Be crew, not passengers. This basically means don’t be a bystander. Say we need help cleaning up after an event— be crew, not passengers!

Safety Statement

Spoken Futures (organizer of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam) is against any form of harassment of any kind. We expect poets, audience members, and supporters to conduct themselves in a way that creates positive change, challenges corruption/and unhealthy dynamics. We DO NOT accept conduct that is abusive or harmful. This includes but is not limited to unwanted advances (whether they be sexual, verbal or physical), cyber bullying, and threats. It is important to respect others’ boundaries and ask for consent (see our general guidelines for more information on this). Sexual misconduct with minors is a FELONY, and will not be tolerated. If you need support around harassment in our community please contact