Young Audiences, Inc.

aka Young Audiences Arts for Learning   |   New York, NY   |  www.youngaudiences.org

Mission

The purpose of the national YA organization is to help the broad network of YA affiliates play a decisive role in all young people's education and development. YA envisions a future in which the nation's children and youth will have the opportunity to engage in quality arts learning experiences that nurture creativity, build cultural understanding and enhance the development of their learning and life skills.

Ruling year info

1953

National Executive Director

David Dik

Main address

171 Madison Avenue Suite 200

New York, NY 10016 USA

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EIN

13-1688246

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Shifts in the educational environment have resulted in an increasingly structured school day. Teachers have been required to focus on academic subjects evaluated by standardized tests. The arts have been marginalized in the curriculum , and students have lost key learning experiences in and through the arts. YA believes that arts learning experiences make a unique contribution to the development of creativity, critical thinking, cultural awareness and learning skills. YA is committed to making such opportunities available to all young people, regardless of their economic status or geographic location. Every young person needs a connection to their own culture, and an understanding and experience of those different from their own.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Arts for Learning (A4L)

Arts for Learning (A4L) is a groundbreaking, supplemental educational program designed to improve students' skills in literacy, learning and life through the arts. Young Audiences collaborated with a design team from the University of Washington to craft this research-based, arts integrated program, which was first conceived in 2005. A4L brings rich arts lessons to students in grades pre-K through 8, while providing them with instruction and practice in strategies for reading comprehension, writing, and learning. In FY17, YA launched a network wide initiative to develop out of school time A4L programs especially geared toward military families. The 3-day professional learning institute took place at YA's Dallas affiliate with 11 network affiliates in attendance and launched a network-wide initiative.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Young Audiences National Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI) is a professional development program developed by Young Audiences to promote exceptional leadership in the field of arts and education. During the four-day Institute, YA invites professional arts educators and non-profit leaders to present and host panels on topics such as financial management, fundraising, advocacy, governance, organizational planning, and PR. Special focus is given to peer-to-peer sessions and break-out groups, where participants share their knowledge and receive feedback, a process that helps them to monitor their improvement in areas such as communication, self-awareness, and leadership throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

YA's professional development series provides arts education professionals content-rich, high quality professional development opportunities that emphasize both artistic excellence and academic rigor.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the pilot year of the Teaching Artists Credentialing Program, an initiative of the Young Audiences' network.

Number of nonprofit leaders coached

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Young Audiences National Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The goal of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning Emerging Leadership Institute is to expand and enrich the leadership skills and professional practices of rising leaders in arts education.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Young Audiences Network envisions a future in which all young people in the United States should have the opportunity to engage in quality arts learning experiences that nurture creativity, cultural awareness, and the development of critical thinking and learning skills.

To achieve this vision for our nation's young people, YA aspires to provide arts learning experiences that lead to young people who:
• Are self-aware and can express themselves effectively,
• Are aware of the world outside their own community,
• Are nimble and rigorous thinkers,
• Value the arts and engage in them as an essential part of their lives, and
• Are able to nurture these qualities in others.

Increase access to quality, integrated arts learning experiences. To achieve this goal, YA advocates for broad recognition of the value of arts learning and the expansion of the availability of arts learning experiences in schools and community settings.

YA is developing a Research and Development function to develop and implement research-based programs with goal of designing, developing and delivering quality arts learning experiences that produce significant outcomes for young people.

As the largest national organization that connects young people directly to quality arts experiences, YA is uniquely positioned to reshape the role of arts in education in the United States. YA's vast experience working with young people in schools and communities has honed deep knowledge and expertise of arts learning, youth development, and education. YA staff across the Network are valued in their communities for their expertise, and many of them serve on local task forces and participate in collaborative efforts. On a national level, Arts for Learning has received positive reviews. These programs have produced measurable results, and have gained strong traction in their communities. The Young Audiences Network is committed to partnership and collaboration that will further the ultimate goal of reaching young people through the arts. Affiliates and YA are eager to look both within the Network and externally to identify synergies and opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaborative program delivery.

This year, our network of 30 affiliates with 4,500 teaching artists reached 5 million children in over 8,900 partnering institutions with 80,000 performance demonstrations, workshops and teacher services.

Financials

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Operations

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Young Audiences, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nathan W. Pearson, Jr.

Corinne Greenberg

Chairman Emeritus

James Gellert

President

John Creamer

Vice Chairman

Mary Ann Fribourg

Vice Chairman

Thomas Berner

Vice President

Sue Ann Weinberg

Vice President

L. Jan Robertson

Secretary

William Cox

Treasurer

James Benedict

Bettie Cooper

Dale Frehse

Scott Greenberg

Marilyn Grounds

Jean Hodges

Marjorie Hyman

Gretchen Kimball

Daphne Kis

Peter Kraus

Yo-Yo Ma

Wynton Marsalis

Mary Nass

Richard Stoltzman

Guy Townsend

Prakash Vanguri

Diane Volk

John Creamer

Vice Chairman

Fernando Amaro

Sumit Handa

Marguerite Moisio

Pamela Walker

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No