Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Inc

aka Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Inc   |   WEST PALM BCH, FL   |  www.yspb.org

Mission

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches believes that choral music education is a valuable resource in the development of productive participants in our society. We transform the lives of young singers in our community by: breaking down social barriers, developing life skills, providing an outlet for creativity, and fostering good citizenship.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mrs. Holly Stewart

Artistic Director

Mr D. Shawn Berry

Main address

701 OKEECHOBEE BLVD

WEST PALM BCH, FL 33401 USA

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EIN

30-0193514

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over the past decade, arts programs in schools have been almost eliminated by budget reductions, educational reforms and the demands of standardized testing despite evidence they improve academic performance and strengthen social-emotional health. Studies have found that music education improves mathematical and special-temporal reasoning, reading and verbal skills, and language proficiency resulting in higher grades and gains in academic IQ. Musical training strengthens attention, anxiety management and emotional control, providing a protective factor for depression and anxiety. Singing allows children the opportunity to address critical social issues related to race, ethnicity and socio-economic differences in a safe supportive space while developing critical leadership and social skills. Yet many students have limited access to these programs.

Our programs

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

Performance Choirs

Our Performance Choirs rehearse and perform at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Our singers are in grades 2-12, from all economic and social backgrounds, public, private and home schools throughout Palm Beach County.

We strive to provide the children of Palm Beach County with the highest possible standards of choral training. Singers in our programs learn all aspects of proper choral singing and vocal technique, which include posture, breathing, diction, vowel articulation, music reading, and sight singing. Members also learn interpretation, music history, rehearsal techniques, as well as performance techniques, presentation and etiquette.

Population(s) Served

We provide qualified music professionals to teach after-school and summer-time choirs at Title 1 schools and qualified sites throughout Palm Beach County. Our choir program is offered free to all students. Programming is led by music professionals who provide quality choral instruction and enrichment during after school hours. They integrate singing with reading, math, geography, history, and foreign language lessons. Socially, our singers gain self-confidence, learn to work as a team, gain leadership skills, and experience performance opportunities for peers and the public audience. Young Singers has a Glades area transport vehicle, allowing us to pick singers up from school and transport them to our rehearsal site or to a performance venue.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Young Singers was founded in 2003 in response to funding cuts to arts education and socio-economic divides between schools in a county struggling with racial and economic disparities. In 17 years, we have grown from a grassroots community choir of 79 singers, to a viable voice with over 300 singers in grades 2 through 12 representing over 110 schools from a geographic area larger than Rhode Island and Vermont combined. In addition to community-based performances and virtual choirs, our singers present professional level performances at the world renown Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. We are the children's choir for the Palm Beach Opera producing live opera at an international standard of excellence. You can see a sample of our pre-professional performances on our You Tube channel at https://youtube.com/c/YoungSingersofthePalmBeaches.

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches (YSPB) aspires to be an inclusive vocal music community which values and celebrates the unique qualities of persons of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Over 60% of singers identify with a minority or marginalized populations. They represent various racial ethnic and religious minorities, language groups, sexual or gender identities and individuals with disabilities. 30% of singers in our performance choirs require financial aid to participate and 17% live at or below federal poverty levels. YSPB provides financial aid on a sliding fee scales to families living at or below 250% of the federal level poverty level which is still significantly lower the local living wage threshold. It should be noted that 100% of families, commit to contributing towards the agency mission through volunteering, donations, and other contributions. Our financial aid families are some of our most avid volunteers and contributors to our community give back opportunities including volunteering at performances, rehearsals and community events, as well as participating in food holiday gift and school supplies drives benefiting local impoverished families. We pledge to continue to broaden our reach and include all that wish to make music in a safe and accepting space.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In response to recent closures due to Civod-19, the Connections Initiative was developed in response to requests and input from singers and parents, who wanted to keep singing together while separated by social distancing. We engaged our teens to explore what they were doing to maintain a sense of well-being and what they needed. From May through June, our singers helped design and test our first virtual rehearsals and small group lessons, incorporating their feedback into the Fall program. We continue to incorporate continuous opportunities for real time feedback from youth and children via focus groups, interviews, surveys and online polls which guide programming, performances and service delivery.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bert Winkler

Winkler Law

Term: 2017 - 2021

Kai Li Fouts Jette

Eisenberg & Fouts

Jene Williams-Rhoads,

Rhoads Law Group

Mary Walsch

Florida Atlantic University, School of Accounting

H. R. Hank Gonzalez, Jr.,

Sailfish Realty Commercial

Larry Bernstein

Baird Private Wealth Management

Kristin Calder

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

Ken Dwyer

Retired

Dr. Linda Lebile

Palm Beach State College – Eissey Campus

Gary Lesser

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith

Prof. Erika Locke – Williams

Palm Beach State College – Eissey Campus

Victoria McCullough

Mida Farms

Jackie Nadel

Jack-of-Arts

Bob Pyle

Dana Incorporated