Young Audiences Inc. of Houston

Arts for Learning

aka Houston Arts Partners   |   Houston, TX   |  www.yahouston.org

Mission

To educate and inspire children through the arts, to make the arts an integral part of the school curriculum, and to advance the field of arts in education through teacher professional development training and community partnerships.

Ruling year info

1967

Executive Director

Mrs. Mary Curry Mettenbrink

Main address

675 Bering Drive Suite 300

Houston, TX 77057 USA

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EIN

74-6082602

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Young Audiences of Houston aims to eliminate arts access and provide equity through the delivery of comprehensive arts-in-education services. Our mission provides a guide for addressing and eliminating these issues across our region through collaboration, community, and training.

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?

In-school Programs

YAH offers dynamic arts programming by a roster of nationally recognized artists tailored for pre-K through 12th grade youth in schools and public venues serving children. YAH programs include performances, workshops, and residencies in the fine arts. These highly participatory programs are uniquely designed to reinforce core curriculum classroom instruction, provide positive role models, enhance students' self-esteem, foster creative and critical thinking skills, awaken interest in learning, and broaden the understanding of the world's arts and cultures. All of the current YAH programs are aligned to the mandated Texas State curricula and testing (TEKS and TAKS) and YAH is an approved Texas State Board for Continuing Professional Educator Certification provider.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

The Arts Access Initiative is Houston's plan for ensuring equitable arts access for every K-8 Houston Independent School District student. Through this initiative, Young Audiences of Houston has engaged Houston ISD leaders, city officials, arts and cultural organizations, higher education leaders, businesses, philanthropic community, principals, teachers, parents, and students to provide every student with the opportunity to benefit cognitively, creatively, emotionally, and academically through the arts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

With the support of the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center Hospitals and specialized treatment centers serving children and their families now have access to specially designed and subsidized YAH programming for children undergoing treatment. The goal of YAH's Healing Arts programming is to use the tremendous power of the arts to spread joy, give hope, manage pain, support treatment, and leave positive memories for hospitalized children and their caregivers. In addition, as many hospitalized children are required to be out of school for extended periods of time, YAH programs also serve to enrich children's social, cultural, and academic education.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth

Young Audiences of Houston implemented the Arts-Promise Programs in response to community needs for customized, evaluated, high-quality arts programming to serve youth in facilities in and surrounding Houston that have been designated "at-risk". The Arts-Promise program is specially designed to engage at-risk youth in positive and engaging arts programs the support their emotional, creative, and life-long skills needed to integrate successfully into society and school.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Non-adult children

Where we work

Accreditations

Texas State Board for Educator Certification Continuing Profesional Education 2005

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Afterschool Alliance 2010

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 clients participating in educational programs

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

Children and youth

Related Program

In-school Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We measure participation in programs and services, with the measured growth and needs being met across the region. COVID-19 over the past two years has led to a decrease in number of clients.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive values

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Arts-Promise Program for At-Risk Youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Measures positive behaviors, outcomes, and values displayed by youth being served through our programs and services.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed cultural competence

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

Children and youth

Related Program

In-school Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Exposure to educational arts and culture programs delivered by artists from Young Audiences of Houston, support youth increased knowledge and appreciation.

Total number of off-site performances held

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to COVID-19 programs delivered have decreased, however the impact and depth of services have increased.

Number of professional artists employed

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

Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The goal of Young Audiences of Houston is to reach the capacity to provide equitable access to quality arts education and enrichment for all students and teachers in the 51 school districts in the greater Houston area using a four-level approach comprised of quality, reach, assessment, and depth.

Quality: Working with the leading arts organizations and artists, the arts partners provide the highest level and standard to approach learning and creativity for the 21st Century.

Reach: Expanding reach, in volume and proximity, of arts services by simplifying and centralizing access to information and support, and the administration of scheduling, contracting, and fiscal management of arts services.

Research & Assessment: Providing existing and supporting new quantitative research based information, validating best practices in arts integration that can be replicated to improve and enrich educational curriculum.

Depth (quality of relationships): Enriching the creativity, learning, and life skills of all students by supporting a customized and unique approach to support student achievement.

Young Audiences of Houston serves children from pre-K through 12th grades and its programming is available at hundreds of sites located including schools, libraries, community centers, and hospitals within the boundaries of the 53 school districts in the greater Houston area, including the surrounding counties of Montgomery, Liberty, Waller, Walker, Brazoria, Fort Bend and Galveston. The in-school (through Young Audiences of Houston Early Childhood through 12th Grade Division) and out-of-school (Children's Hospitals, At-Risk and Special Needs Divisions) youth populations served by Young Audiences of Houston is culturally and economically diverse and in need of broader opportunities for cultural experiences and growth. The Young Audiences of Houston Student Breakdown as of 2017-2018 is: Hispanic 58%, African American 29%, Caucasian 11%, Asian-Pacific Islander 1%, and Other 1%.

With a combination of successful past strategies and new efforts, Young Audiences of Houston is confident it will reach its goal of reaching the capacity to provide equitable access to quality arts education and enrichment for all students and teachers in the 51 area school districts. Young Audiences of Houston's growth will be sustained over time by the support of appropriate capacity-building efforts and initiatives. Successes in Houston will also be regularly presented to the 31 independent YA chapters around the nation in order to share best practices and draw attention to Houston's innovative spirit and leadership in arts education.

Today, arts and cultural experiences have become rarities in our schools due to the pressures of standardized testing and significant budget cuts. Often, schools must make the difficult decision to eliminate arts programs entirely. Thousands of children in the Houston area don't have the opportunity to experience the arts and arts education except through the work of Young Audiences of Houston.

Our goal is to effectively and equitably provide these opportunities for creative learning for all children.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Young Audiences of Houston serves PK-12 youth, parents, artists, and educators.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Young Audiences of Houston is establishing a youth board, to provide strategic leadership and continual input regarding the needs and ways the organization can more effectively serve youth.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The establishment of the youth board, the teaching artist council, and education committee expansion has all led to organization improvements and increased shared decision-making across the organization.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting 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 Audiences Inc. of Houston

Board of directors
as of 10/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katherine Veletsos

Community Leader

Term: 2019 - 2020

Leslie Blanton

Community Leader

Rodolfo Cooper

Rising Stars Capital Management

Lillian Flurry

Judy Liu

CenterPoint Energy

W. Wells McGee

Community Leader

Susan Osterberg

Educator

Frank Sharp

LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors

Katherine Veletsos

Community Leader

Carey Jordan

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Josie Morgan

BoyarMiller

Sanvita Sample

Slalom Consulting

Tom Divine

Hilcorp

Kelly Gerstenhaber

Community Leader

Alexander Callahan

TARGA

Lillian Flurry

HBR Consulting

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? 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/29/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data