Syd Stewart

Syd Stewart is the Founder and Executive Director of Better Youth, Inc., a creative arts mentoring agency for youth ( She is a published performance poet, actor and writer. Syd was featured in the Langston Hughes documentary called Hughes’ Dream Harlem, was a featured poet on BET’s Lyric Café and starred in a feature film called “Everyday People” which premiered at the Sundance Film festival, screened at the New Director’s Film Festival at Lincoln Center and aired on HBO. She has curated events for The Museum of The City of New York, Pace University in NYC and venues in Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles. She has performed with her live band alongside Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker and Vernon Reid for DEF Poetry at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and regularly performs in Los Angeles.