YOUNG AUDIENCE OF LOUISIANA INC

aka Young Audiences of Louisiana   |   New Orleans, LA   |  www.ya4la.org

Mission

Young Audiences of Louisiana's mission is to inspire, empower, and educate children and communities through education, arts, and culture. Originally founded to bring chamber musicians into classrooms, YALA has evolved to meet the changing academic, creative, and social needs of students in our state. Current initiatives include summer and afterschool arts in education programs, arts integrated professional development for teachers and teaching artists, performances for students, Louisiana Wolf Trap early learning performing arts partnerships, and arts integration services at Young Audiences Charter School.

Ruling year info

1963

Principal Officer

Ms. Jenny James

Co Principal Officer

Richard Bates

Main address

3900 General Taylor Street Suite 201

New Orleans, LA 70125 USA

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Formerly known as

Young Audience, Inc. New Orleans Chapter

EIN

72-6027054

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

YALA has grown from our inception presenting school performances of chamber music to our current position as the state’s largest provider of arts-integrated and afterschool programs for children birth to seventeen, and as a leader in delivering arts-integration professional development for educators. In central tenet of YALA’s mission is to engage members of the community who are underserved and have limited access to arts education and programs. We believe that the arts are key components to helping children achieve the skills that they need to be successful and productive citizens in the 21st century. Over 80% of the children YALA serves qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, attesting to our commitment to equity in access to exceptional arts experiences for all students regardless of means.

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?

S.M.A.R.T. Extended Learning

Learning does not end after the final bell. S.M.A.R.T.
Extended Learning Programs engage students through creative educational
experiences during critical non-school hours. From African dance and drumming
to photography, S.M.A.R.T. students engage in meaningful interactions with arts
professionals to create something all their own.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Eight YALA teaching artists have been trained in Wolf Trap's research based performing arts techniques to help early learners (0-5 years) learn basic academic concepts and life skills.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Learning happens outside of
a textbook. Arts Partners brings together educators, teaching artists, and
local cultural institutions to ensure all students have the opportunity to
understand core educational curriculum through an art form. This school wide
program is comprised of arts-integrated residences, in-school performances, and
field trips.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Learning is for students of all ages. As the positive impact of the arts on
academic achievement gains greater recognition many schools and districts are
encouraging an arts integrated approach to learning. Young Audiences offers a
variety of exciting and informative professional development workshops that
provide teachers with the tools and support they need to incorporate arts into
the classroom.

Population(s) Served
Adults

45 minute presentations spanning all genres of art in schools, libraries, community centers, and public venues. These performances on particular themes and academic subjects that are easily integrated into the core curriculum. YALA has a roster of over 60 professional artists.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Performance Demonstrations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of teaching artists trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Professional Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Professional Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

YALA has evolved to meet the changing academic, creative, and social needs of students in Louisiana. In response to its constituents, current priorities include: (1) providing students access to high-quality arts learning experiences that are integrated into the general school curricula; (2) placing teaching artists in classrooms to implement diversified instructional strategies that fulfill the academic needs of all students, regardless of learning style or differences; (3) ensuring that local students, especially those at underserved or low-performing schools, have access to safe, quality afterschool enrichment programs; (4) instructing local educators on proven arts-integrated pedagogical techniques through professional development workshops; (5) preparing professional artists with the skills necessary to effectively enter the classroom; and (6) facilitating high-quality, widely-accessible public arts experiences.

YALA’s strategies include direct arts services to students, professional development for educators, and public programming.

(1) Afterschool and Summer Programs: YALA’s afterschool and summer programs serve over 3,500 students at 19 schools and community centers in the Greater New Orleans area. Over 90% of participating children ages five to seventeen are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and many live in high-poverty, high-risk neighborhoods. Afterschool and summer programming is offered to participants free of charge or at low cost through multi-year federal grants from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program.
(2) Performances and Art Form Demonstrations: Over 55,000 children and their caregivers across the state experience performances or art form demonstrations by YALA artists annually. YALA’s forty-five minute programs are held at schools, libraries, community centers, and other public venues and span all artistic genres.
(3) Arts-integrated Residencies and Professional Development for Classroom Teachers: Teaching artist residencies are designed to impart core content standards as selected by classroom teachers. YALA is currently working in 15 schools, impacting over 6,200 students. Seventy teachers participated in YALA’s arts-integration professional development in 2018.
(4) Louisiana Wolf Trap (LWT) provides innovative, performing arts-based teaching strategies and services to early childhood teachers, caregivers, parents, and children from birth to five years old. In 2010, YALA became one of only 19 regional Wolf Trap Institutes for Early Learning Through the Arts affiliates in the nation. The primary goal of LWT is to provide classroom teachers and caregivers of in-need young children with new tools to support the development of emergent literacy and social/emotional skills as taught through the performing arts, ultimately ensuring that participating children ages three to five years are prepared for success in Kindergarten. The LWT model places master teaching artists alongside classroom teachers, providing both mentoring opportunities for the educator and direct arts services for the students.
(5) YALA launched its first comprehensive public programming initiative in February 2017. Generously funded by The Helis Foundation, YALA is partnering with eight local cultural institutions to offer its LWT Baby Artsplay! series of six free 30-minute workshops held weekly to engage young children ages 12-24 months and their caregivers in research-based performing arts experiences that support their cognitive, physical, and social development. Program goals are to offer sessions at locations across the city to remove transportation obstacles for families that do not have cars; include Saturday sessions to accommodate working families; reach a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse audience; and encourage families with young children to feel welcome in arts institutions.

The YALA Board of Directors has fiduciary responsibility for the organization on behalf of the community. The Board, along with a Legacy Council and Advisory Board, establishes institutional policy, appoints and oversees the director, and ensures the organization’s fiscal and institutional health; there are currently 30 board members. YALA's success and growth begins with strong Board leadership.

Our stalwart organizational leadership, financial stability, and exemplary evaluations of our afterschool, summer, and early learning initiatives clearly demonstrate our organizational capacity to continue as the leading provider of arts and arts-in-education services in the state. Over 80% of the children we serve qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, attesting to our commitment to equity in access to exceptional arts experiences for all students regardless of means.

Our methods and programs are endorsed by the United States Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Education, the Algiers Charter School Association, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Institute for Quality and Equity in Education at Loyola University (IQEE), and national quality in education evaluator West Ed.

Eighty-one percent of our budget goes to direct programmatic services. Since 2000, YALA’s operations and budgets have more than tripled. In 2018 175 teaching artists, educators, athletic and recreation specialists, and technology instructors were paid over $2.3 million to work directly with students from pre-school through high-school. 113 performing and teaching artists residing in Orleans Parish were paid $1,467,476 by YALA in 2018.

In 2013 we founded the Young Audiences Charter School to provide an arts-integrated educational option for families living in Jefferson Parish. The school is adding grade levels each year and will eventually serve students Pre-K through 12th.

YALA currently provides arts-in-education services through funding from two, multi-year Department of Education grants: $1.5 million Professional Development for Arts Educators and $2.3 million Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination. We also hold a $627,000 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant through the Louisiana Department of Education. These substantial grants have allowed for significant growth in our professional development and direct arts services programming. YALA will continue to seek federal funding for program expansion and to contribute to research in the field of arts-integration and learning through the arts.

Financials

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YOUNG AUDIENCE OF LOUISIANA INC

Board of directors
as of 9/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tyree Worthy

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data