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Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • http://www.youngpreservationists.org

Mission Statement

The participation of young people in the preservation of historic resources.

Main Programs

  1. Youth Main Street Advisors Program
  2. Preserve Pittsburgh Summit
  3. Historic Preservation Celebration
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Ellen Kitzerow

Keywords

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history, historic preservation, young people, youth-oriented, engagement, community-based, give life to history

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EIN

30-0214451

 Number

6966958634

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Since 2003, YPA has attracted more than 5,500 people to our public programs, collaborated with more than 50 organizations, companies, and local government agencies to implement its activities, launched a website and published nine unique publications, hosted more than 30 interns, and spoken at more than 50 different events and organizations. Since May 2003, there have been at least 150 media stories about YPA. YPA has seen its membership grow by 73% in four years. YPA now has more than 350 members from 19 states. YPA has pioneered a number of programs and publications, including southwestern Pennsylvania's first study on the Economic Impact of Historic Preservation, the region's first African American History Tourguide, and the Youth Main Street Advisors Program, a service learning project for high school students. YPA's list of the Top Ten Best Preservation Opportunities has become a national model, replicated by Preservation Ohio, as well as other groups. YPA was also the first preservation group in the region to acquire and use a GigaPan camera, and we continue to innovate with CMU's Create Lab, in conjunction with CMU's Computer Science Department. YPA's objective is to provide young people with tools to preserve their history. We train, educate, and provide opportunities for involvement in preservation activities. It is our objective to enhance our program offerings to increase our impact. We want to strengthen our brand and provide a number of program offerings that engage young people, particularly high school and college students. YPA plans to refine its Youth Main Street Advisors Program, develop a preservation curriculum for schools, offer professional development training programs for teachers, and run a summer Preservation Camp for kids. These programs will enhance young people's understanding of history and the need to preserve it, as well as encourage their continued involvement in the community and prepare them for future careers.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Youth Main Street Advisors Program

The Youth Main Street Advisors Program is a service learning project that connects students with communities through the creation of a student-produced book about the community's history, present, and future. Building upon YPA's successful video pilot program in 2007, the Youth Main Street Advisors Program inspires students to get involved in their communities, builds students' academic and career skills, and enables students to meet their graduation requirements. Based on local success, YPA plans to expand the Youth Main Street Advisors Program statewide, regionally, and nationally that injects new ideas to revitalize local communities. The program is also designed to be sustainable. YPA projects that at the end of year six, the Youth Main Street Advisors Program will be in 200 schools, produce 40,000 books, and impact 4,000 students while generating $54,486 in net income for the organization. If projections are accurate, after year five, YPA will have achieved a 64% sustainability ratio, with only 36% coming from contributed income.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$70,000.00

Program 2

Preserve Pittsburgh Summit

The Preserve Pittsburgh Summit is an interactive, collaborative workshop on historic preservation for young people to help shape the outcome of historic sites. The event includes lunch, a bus tour of the historic sites, and a keynote address by a noted expert in the field. That evening, YPA hosts a reception where it recognizes winners of its Preservation Video Contest and awards the Promise Award to an emerging preservationist. The objective of the Preserve Pittsburgh Summit is to develop a model framework for how young people can shape the future of historic sites in their community by using real life examples in Pittsburgh, such as the New Granada Theatre, August Wilson House, Garden Theater, and National Negro Opera Company first home. The event is ideally suited for high school and college students, who can earn academic credit for attending and participating. The Summit is open to people of all ages with an interest in engaging the next generation in historic preservation.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 3

Historic Preservation Celebration

YPA is the only organization in the region that celebrates National Historic Preservation Month during May. At the event, YPA unveils its annual list of the Top Ten Best Preservation Opportunities in the Pittsburgh Area, a list of endangered historic sites with good prospects for renovation and reuse. The event is held in a unique, historic space, which allows preservationists an opportunity to exchange ideas, network, and celebrate preservation accomplishments during National Historic Preservation Month. National, statewide, and local preservation leaders, elected officials, and sponsors will speak at the event. It's a fun way to engage preservationists and cultivate a new audience of preservation leaders.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

10,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

2013-14 needs: Raise $10,000 in operating support to manage and expand YPA's programming. This includes Youth Community Design Charrettes, which meets YPA's mission and engages youth on the topic of historic preservation. $2,000 Fund the Preservation Month event, which includes an awards presentation: $5,000 Additional programming, such as tours and special projects: $2,000 Cultivate long-term individual and foundational support: $1,000

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ellen Kitzerow

BIO

YPA is guided by a 7-member voting Board of Directors. The organization's founder and CEO, Dan Holland, left the organization in 2012, but continues to serve in an advisory capacity.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" YPA was started as a way to address twin challenges facing southwestern Pennsylvania: the loss of history and the loss of young people. If we can interest young people to understand, appreciate, and invest in our history, we can revitalize and grow the region in a sustainable way. Noel Jenkins of Homewood is an example. In the spring of 2007, YPA selected Noel, a student at City Charter High School, to be an intern. At the same time, we learned that a historical marker had been ripped down that stood in front of a house where the nation's first black opera company had been organized—just down the street from Noel's home. By May, YPA had raised funds from the community to have the marker replaced. In November 2008, YPA noticed that the house, called the ""Black Opera House"" and owned by a young woman, had been condemned. YPA recruited Kevin Acklin and Renew Pittsburgh and others in the community, including Noel Jenkins, to remove debris from the property and board up the house. In two days, the house was secured and the condemnation notice was removed. YPA's involvement with this house is just one example of how we mobilized quickly to save a historic property, and give hope to a young person's life. It sent a clear message to Noel that we aren't going to let our history fade away, and we sure aren't going to lose Noel, either. YPA's goal is to capture young people's imaginations, light a spark inside them, and inspire them to take action to erect a new marker, to participate in a community cleanup, or think about purchasing property in their neighborhood when they get older. With an organized, focused approach, YPA encourages the next generation to discover, and re-discover, old buildings in their community and see not vacant storefronts or a boarded up house, but their dream. This what historic preservation is about: Saving old buildings one young person at a time. It is YPA's hope that by engaging the next generation to discover, appreciate, and invest in the region's historic assets we can truly give life to history. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Ellen Kitzerow

Pennsylvania College Access Program

Term: Mar 2011 - Dec 2011

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