Young Audiences of Northern California

aka YANC   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.ya-nc.org

Mission

Young Audiences of Northern California's mission is to create art experiences that inspire young people, expand learning, and enliven communities.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mr. John J Alecca

Main address

57 Post St., Ste. 815

San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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Formerly known as

Young Audiences of the Bay Area

EIN

94-1553479

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Students who have art in their lives do better in school – and in life – than those who don't, outperforming their peers by every academic and social measurement . While we struggle as a nation to find ways to improve educational outcomes for our young people, it is critical that we reach K-12 students with the arts.

Unfortunately, recent studies show that we are falling drastically short in the San Francisco Bay Area. National levels of student participation in arts education are troublingly low (50% of American 18-year-olds have never taken an art class or lesson of any kind); levels of student participation in California are even lower than the national average, and levels of Bay Area student participation in the arts are lower yet. A shocking 92% of Bay Area schools fail to meet state mandated standards in arts education . Young Audiences of Northern California helps face this challenge.

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 Programming

Young Audiences of Northern California delivers arts education to schools and community centers through our Signature Core Programs: assembly performances, artist residencies, artist workshops and professional development for classroom teachers. We work in four arts disciplines: visual art, music, theater, and dance. Young Audiences' 63 years of experience in the Bay Area, unparalleled roster of partner artists, and affiliation with the innovative Young Audiences Arts for Learning national network make us the ideal partner for schools and community centers in meeting the needs of their students for quality arts learning.

Young Audiences delivers maximum impact on student learning by ensuring that all of our programs are arts-focused, child-centered, outcomes-driven, and measurably effective. To achieve these qualities, all programs offer students the opportunity to:
1. Experience the art form demonstrated by a professional artist
2. Understand the art form and its history and culture
3. Create the art form
4. Connect their learning to other areas of study, and to their lives and world

Young Audiences partners with our network of teaching artists to provide Bay Area schools and community centers with four Signature Core Programs:
• Assembly Performances—Live, in-school performances by virtuosic artists and ensembles invite students to experience a professional dance, theater or music program right in their school.
• Residencies—hands-on arts experiences conducted by teaching artists in classrooms, for a period of 6 to 20 sessions.
• Workshops—stand-alone, hands-on arts experiences often occurring before or after an assembly performance.
• Professional Development for classroom teachers—designed to increase teachers’ comfort level in teaching in and through the arts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Young Audiences of Northern California is well-positioned to bring arts into the lives of youth and families through public programming. All of our teaching artists are not only experts at reaching young people through their art, but at helping new audience members of all ages appreciate new art forms by forging connections between the art form and audience members’ lives without compromising the quality of the performance. Additionally, because our artists represent the traditions of 17 world cultures, we reflect the diverse communities within the Bay Area as well as introduce Bay Area residents to a wide array of exciting art forms.

ArtsReach programs are critical to Young Audiences’ ability to serve community-need and meet our mission—they allow us to reach beyond school walls to inspire young people and expand learning in the many places in which children live and play.

ArtsReach programs vary in content and format, and are designed to best suit the venue and the interests of potential participants. However, all ArtsReach programs are designed with the following qualities to have maximum impact.

• ArtsReach programs fully engage young people: Research tells us that all the benefits that the arts can have for individuals and for society—cognitive, emotional, social, and economic—hinge upon individuals having rewarding “gateway” experiences with the arts, ideally early in life. We also know that in order for these initial arts experiences to be rewarding, individuals need to be fully engaged by them. Through ArtsReach, Young Audiences actively involves young people in the arts, early in life. Young people are introduced to experiences that fully engage them through interactive participation, inspirational artistic skills and creative art forms that connect to their lives.

• ArtsReach programs take place in public spaces: ArtsReach plays a unique and important role in YANC’s work because it allows us to reach young people outside of school. We know that learning happens in parks, resource centers, and urban gathering places, in addition to schools, and that the arts expand learning wherever they are present. Given the lack of arts programs in schools today, it is particularly crucial to reach students in the other environments in which they live and play.

• ArtsReach programs are free to the public: ArtsReach programs eliminate barriers to young peoples’ participation in the arts by being completely free of charge.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

As part of our goal to reach children where they learn, live, and play with meaningful arts engagement, Young Audiences of Northern California launched Where We Live: Community Housing Workshops to bring arts experiences into the homes of San Francisco Bay Area children and their families.

Partnering with organizations that provide low-income housing to families around the Bay Area, YANC launched the pilot program in Hayward, CA this past fall. Professional teaching artists conduct hour-long visual arts workshops on-site, on weekends and after school, at no charge to residents. As part of the program, art created by children at the workshops is collected, professionally photographed, and printed on canvas to display as artwork in hallways and other common areas of the apartment complex.

By coming into an apartment complex, Young Audiences' workshops serve as a powerful catalyst to building community; families and children met each other for the first time while creating shared artwork for their new home. The workshops became an event that children and families looked forward to, with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings joining in to create artwork together.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

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
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Live performances invite students to experience a professional dance, theater or music program right in their school, or at a public space near where they live and play.

Total number of classes offered

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

Children and youth

Related Program

In-School Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Workshops & residencies bring a Teaching Artist into the classroom, transforming student learning through hands-on creativity. Numbers equal classes/sessions delivered to students each school year.

Number of teachers recruited

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Teaching Artists recruited every year to broaden Young Audiences' multicultural and multidisciplinary offerings, to reflect Bay Area communities, student populations, and school requests.

Total number of schools & community centers

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of schools, public venues, and community organizations we partnered with to bring arts experiences to children.

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total numbers of students served through Young Audiences' arts education programming.

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.

Young Audiences of Northern California's work is guided by the three major goals of our strategic plan: reach children where they live, learn, and play with meaningful arts engagement in diverse voices; Leverage and maximize artists as central partners through strong relationships and curatorial vision; and solidify the enterprise of Young Audiences of Northern California.

Young Audiences of Northern California (YANC) delivers arts education to schools and community centers through our Signature Core Programs: live assembly performances, teaching artist residencies, teaching artist workshops, and professional development for classroom teachers. We work in four arts disciplines: visual art, music, theater, and dance.

YANC is committed to improving equity in Bay Area schools. Last school year, 65% of our work served students in high-poverty schools. YANC pursues equity in a number of ways. We fundraise to help keep programs accessible for schools, underwriting, at a minimum, 70% of the cost of delivering all our programs. Additionally, we secure program-specific grants to underwrite the cost of delivering particular programs at high-need schools. We intentionally maintain a roster of artist that reflects the ethnic diversity of the students with which we work and our programs celebrate and illuminate the cultural traditions of students' communities. We work hard to deliver residencies that are as extensive as possible and prefer to provide residencies that are at least 10 sessions. We also recognize that school administrators are not always able or willing to allocate the time and budget to 10-session plus residencies. Thus, our approach is to meet schools where they are, working with them to provide students with rich and impactful programming within a school's constraints. Our programs are delivered by 38 professional, community-based artists who teach art forms from 19 distinct world cultures. Among our roster of virtuosic artists are Grammy nominees, NEA Fellows, Kennedy Center performers, and world-touring artists. Young Audiences' 59 years of experience in the local community, unparalleled roster of partner artists, and affiliation with the innovative Young Audiences national network make us the ideal partner for schools and community centers in meeting the needs of their students for quality arts learning.

In the 2017-2018 school year, Young Audiences of Northern California delivered essential arts education programs to 26,244 unique students throughout nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma). We worked with 67 partner schools and community centers to bring 543 hands-on art residency and workshop sessions, and 132 live assembly performances to students. Our programs were delivered by 42 professional artists who taught art forms from 17 distinct world cultures. We reached more than 12,000 children and their families through free, public programming.

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.), 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Young Audiences of Northern California

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Samantha Bryer

Weir Catering & Events

Term: 2020 - 2022

Kelly Pollard, CPA

Burr Pilger Mayer

Samantha Bryer

Weir Catering & Events

Sylvia Miller, RN

Stanford Children's Hospital

Justin Warren

Chamberlin Education Foundation

Pello Walker

Daily Digital Imaging

Erick Kostuchek

Sterling Bank & Trust

Don Wexler

Viscom Studios

Su Rim, CPA

Burr Pilger Mayer

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 03/22/2021

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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