Forthcoming Educational Material

• DR. VAJRA WATSON | Artistic Resistance: Creating a Transformative Teaching Praxis through Hip-Hop

• LANAʻI ELEMENTARY / CHRISTI BARROW | Canoe Plants


Previews Below:


• DR. VAJRA WATSON | Artistic Resistance: Creating a Transformative Teaching Praxis through Hip-Hop |

Founded in 2009 at UC Davis by Dr. Vajra Watson, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) strives to change the world through education and empowerment. Building on a foundation of critical literacy and spoken word performance poetry, SAYS breaks the chains of underachievement by elevating the voices of young people and creating spaces for students to become authors of their own lives and agents of change. SAYS services support the improvement of schools through teacher professional development, classroom instruction, and after-school programming. SAYS utilizes evidence-based pedagogies and an award-winning curriculum to prepare people to serve as cultural keepers, artistic dreamers, and scholar activists who work within and beyond the walls of schools to enact and embody a transformative educational praxis. “SAYS brings the arts back into education.” - High school student “SAYS is the glue that holds learning together.” -Continuation school teacher

Founded in 2009 at UC Davis by Dr. Vajra Watson, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) strives to change the world through education and empowerment. Building on a foundation of critical literacy and spoken word performance poetry, SAYS breaks the chains of underachievement by elevating the voices of young people and creating spaces for students to become authors of their own lives and agents of change.

SAYS services support the improvement of schools through teacher professional development, classroom instruction, and after-school programming. SAYS utilizes evidence-based pedagogies and an award-winning curriculum to prepare people to serve as cultural keepers, artistic dreamers, and scholar activists who work within and beyond the walls of schools to enact and embody a transformative educational praxis.

“SAYS brings the arts back into education.” - High school student

“SAYS is the glue that holds learning together.” -Continuation school teacher


• LANAʻI ELEMENTARY / CHRISTI BARROW | Canoe Plants |

As part of their Fourth Grade studies, students at Lanaʻi Elementary School researched plants brought by early Polynesian voyagers. Once they discovered the description, growing habitat, and ethnobotanical uses of their plant, they wrote poems to honor the plant. Finally they created illusions of their plants using oil pastels and black tempera paint.

As part of their Fourth Grade studies, students at Lanaʻi Elementary School researched plants brought by early Polynesian voyagers. Once they discovered the description, growing habitat, and ethnobotanical uses of their plant, they wrote poems to honor the plant. Finally they created illusions of their plants using oil pastels and black tempera paint.