Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, Inc.

aka YEA   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.youthensemble.org

Mission

The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA) empowers youth, through the performing arts, to become catalysts for positive change in their communities. Though based in the arts, YEA is more than a theatre company for youth. Our members develop powerful life skills - including leadership, responsibility and self-confidence that they use in their daily lives.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Mrs. Deborah Frye Barber

Main address

9 Gammon Avenue

Atlanta, GA 30315 USA

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Formerly known as

Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta

EIN

31-1754952

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Performing Arts (A60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Scholarship Training Program

The Scholarship Training Program is the core program of the ensemble. Ensemble members are awarded scholarships for free training in music, dance and theatre. Additionally, they have the opportunity to create original issue-oriented musical productions that tackle some of the many challenges they face in their daily lives.  Expenses for this project typically run at about 60% of the overall organizational budget.  For the current fiscal year (09-10) this program has a budget of just over $200,000 in expenses with no opportunity for earned income as all expenses associated with the training are covered by the company.

Population(s) Served

Created in 2004, the program was designed to expand YEA's reach to young children (ages 3 to 10).  Based around productions created specifically to capture the hearts of young children, Tippy Toes Arts uses the magic of live theatre to teach valuable life lessons such as honesty, hard work, family, community and friendship.  We are also often these children's first experience with live theatre and take that responsibility for future audiences very seriously.  The program consists of a three-show series of productions.

Population(s) Served

Re-launched in 2001, the YES Program is YEA's peer-to-peer outeach program that connects with underserved Atlanta youth and aims to create a positive environment where at-risk youth can learn valuable communication, life and performance skills.   YES uses theatrical exercises and live performances to teach young people what it truly feels like to be empowered to control their own futures.

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Awards

Coming Up Taller 2008

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

VITA Award - Best Overall Performance 2000

Windybrow International Arts Festival - South Africa

Non-Profit Organization of the Year 2010

Georgia Minority Business Awards

Community Impact Award 2010

Atlanta Hawks

Affiliations & memberships

Theatre Communications Groups - Constituent Theatre 2006

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

YEA's primary goal is the accomplishment of our mission - to empower youth, through the performing arts, to become catalysts for positive change in our community. For us, the success of that goal depends on smaller goals and objectives, including 100% high school graduation, 100% college attendance, and providing our ensemble members with the self-confidence, self-awareness and communication skills vital to success throughout their lives.

Our goals over the next 3-5 years are clear:
- Increase organizational visibility in the media and our community.
- Work with Alumni base to bring more of them back into the organization to mentor the current members.
- Prepare the organization and our funding base to support the acquisition and renovation of a home theatre facility.

These goals will support the company as we continue to strive to accomplish our mission and impact the lives of thousands of Atlanta youth, each year. We accomplish these goals through our various programs. Central to all of YEA's activities is the Workshop Training Program, which is the heart of the Ensemble itself. Our other programs include the Youth Empowerment Summer Program, Timmonte Hood Tippy Toes Arts Program, Saturday Arts School, YEA After-School, Jekonni Barber Scholarship Program, and, of course, our mainstage production program.

At the very core of YEA is the Ensemble. This 80-person troupe of young people comes together each week for 3-4 hours of free workshops in music, dance and theatre. Through these workshops, they develop beginning and advanced performance skills. The ensemble also serves as a family unit for our members. With 80 brothers and sisters, they never lack for genuine support and encouragement, as well as positive peer pressure to succeed academically. To assist in their academic progress, YEA also offers free tutoring in a variety of subjects, through math and science and the most in demand. This one-on-one interaction with our volunteer tutor gives our members the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in school. It sounds crazy to say it, but YEA has a 100% high school graduation rate and, in the last 8 years, all of them have also gone on to pursue college degrees. At the same time, the artistic side of who we are continues to grow and expand. Our ensemble members are currently starring in film, television and broadway. Our alumni include Emmy and Grammy winners, as well as a 2012 Tony Nominee for Leading Actor in a Musical for the title role of FELA, which he created in the Off-Broadway production.

Our key strategy is to reach out more into our community and forge/re-forge relationships with many of the companies and organizations that surround us. We are increasing our Board of Directors to help specifically with this outreach goal. We have created an annual gala to bring in new potential friends and donors and introduce them to our work with a "Taste of YEA". The gala is also helping us identify potential board members and provides and means of entry for new companies and supporters to give a little and have an impact on the company.

As we continue to grow, we will need to move the next phase of organizational outreach with our board members and staff engaging the community and local corporations. We need to get them to witness the work of the ensemble. That is all is takes. If we can get a potential donor to attend a single YEA workshop and experience the power of what our ensemble members do for each other each and every week, then we have them hooked.

YEA capabilities include our staff, ensemble, alumni, volunteers and network of creative artists who serve as teachers and mentors to many of our ensemble members. We also have a strong and loyal network of funders and community volunteers who are willing to lend counsel and fund worthwhile projects.

Our most recent successes stem from the creation of the new gala event. This has helped us raise our profile and introduce the organization to a segment of Atlanta society that was previously unaware of the work we were doing and the impact we are having in the community.

Left to be done...next step is board development to be able to better reach into the areas of the community we need to hit. We are currently using the gala events to build awareness and will be recruiting new members this fall to join our cause.

Financials

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Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2013
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Carla Parks

Community Volunteer

Term: 2009 - 2013

Carla Parks

Community Volunteer

Carol Davis

Atlanta Diabetes Foundation

Roger Williams

INS

Jessica Smith

Teacher

Deborah Barber

YEA

Charles Bullock

YEA

Diedre McDonald

No Affiliation

Joe Moore

JLM Risk Management

Vanita Snow

No Affiliation

Demetrious Williams

US Department of Labor

RC Patel

Entrepreneur