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In working with over 2,000 school systems, it has been very apparent that schools everywhere are looking for new and creative ways to keep their fine arts programs alive and healthy. Our new show, Turn Up The Music, is kicking off just such an opportunity for schools, as part of our campaign, to raise one million dollars for the schools we work with throughout the United States in the next 3 years.
HOW WE GOT HERE: For over 20 years, The Young Americans International Music Outreach Tour has traveled throughout the world promoting music in schools with our 3-day workshop and show. Students are given the opportunity to learn an hour variety show in just 2 days from the cast of 45 Young Americans. The idea is to energize students, teachers and the community about the importance and benefits from the performing arts through the finale show presented on the 3rd day.
The success of the Outreach Tours is still growing, but we want to take it to the next level. As the world’s largest non-profit youth music advocacy group, we want to reach as many students as possible while being able to raise additional funds for your fine arts programs.
Tour Schedule | SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2014
SEPT 10-12
52′ Wing & La Qui Parle Valley School – Appleton, MN ›› |
SEPT 14-16
Lawrenceburg HS – Lawrenceburg, IN ›› |
SEPT 18-20
Milford HS – Highland, MI ›› |
SEPT 21-23
Bellefontaine HS – Bellefontaine, OH ›› |
SEPT 25-27
Lakota West HS – West Chester, OH›› |
SEPT 28-30
Nativity School – Cincinnati, OH ›› |
OCT 2-4
Attica Central HS – Attica, NY
OCT 5-7
Newark HS – Newark, NY ›› |
OCT 9-11
Orono, ME
OCT 12-14
Herman, ME
OCT 16-18
Greenville HS – Chester, VT ›› |
OCT 19-21
North Reading, MA
OCT 23-25
Milford HS, Milford, NH
OCT 26-28
Nashua High School North – Nashua, NH
OCT,NOV 30-31-1
Clarion Area HS – Clarion, PA
NOV 2-5
Keystone HS – Knox, PA
NOV 6-8
Timber Creek HS – Sicklerville, NJ ›› |
NOV 9-11
Montgomery School – Chester Springs, PA
NOV 13-15
OPEN Workshop
NOV 16-18
OPEN Workshop
NOV 20-22
Robbinsville High School – Trenton, NJ
Tour Schedule | JANUARY – MARCH 2014
JAN 9-12
El Segundo High School – El Segundo, CA
JAN 18-20
Watson, LA
JAN 22-24
Marksville, LA
JAN 25-27
Slidell, LA
JAN 29-31
Bogalusa, LA
FEB 1-3
Ponchatula, LA
FEB 5-7
Milton, FL
FEB 12-14
Gainesville, LA
FEB 15-17
Gainesville, LA
FEB 19-21
Charleston, South Carolina
MAR 5-7
Gallatin, TN
MAR 8-10
Lafayette, TN
MAR 19-21
Gallman, MS
AdamGreene
Adam Greene
Colorado, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I planned on playing football at Colorado University.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played football, was vice president of student council, and was involved with drama.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I’ve always wanted to travel, perform, and work with new people, Young Americans is the perfect thing to do so.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on moving to Japan and teaching English.
Alex-Yeomans
Alex Yeomans
Michigan
AlyssaStuk
Alyssa Stuk
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I was in university studying Pre-Med.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included choir, musicals, and volunteer work.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because I didn’t want to live without music in my life.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on going back to school to get a degree in music therapy.
ANDREA-NEAHOUS
Andrea Neahous
Wisconsin, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned to go to Tennessee State University until I got accepted to the Young Americans.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was in Spanish Club, Choir and a group called Best Buddies. I also had a part time job and Culvers and spent most of my afternoons there.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Because they inspired me so much with their kindness towards the kids and each other, and their love for music.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would love to move to Southern California and go to college :)
ANDREW-KLEIN
Andrew Klein
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to college to become a choral director.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played water polo, football was involved in theater and studied Spanish.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined so that I could teach kids and share my passion of what I love to do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I now know that I want to become a special education teacher.
ANDREW-KURTZ
Andrew Kurtz
Michigan, USA
Arianna-McMonagle
Arianna McMonagle
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Brigham Young University for the English program.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, Theater, Dance, and Art
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I home stayed some AMAZING Young Americans in 2010 and it changed my life and made me realize I’d been selfish and unkind. I wanted to learn to love people freely like they loved me. The togetherness I experienced in workshop made me realize I want to work with other people.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to perform a little and teach a lot!
BECK-WILLIAMSON
Beck Williamson
Michigan, USA
CamCottrell
Cameron Cottrell
Indiana, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2009
BEFORE YAs: Was going to go to Indiana University and study classical trumpet.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Band, show choir, soccer, wrestling, theater, french club, class officer.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The Young Americans showed me that I didnt have to be some alternated version people wanted me to be. That i could be myself and be proud of it.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to live in California for a time and work as a production assistant then go to school for theater tech and be a stage manager for a theater, and travel the world.
CARLEY-CONGDON
Carley Congdon
South Carolina, USA
CHEYENNE-HIRST
Cheyenne Hirst
California, USA
Chris Martin
New York, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2009
BEFORE YAs: Attend SUNY Geneseo for Medicine or Theatre until I learned I was accepted as a Young American..
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My school activities consisted of drama, musical, tennis, wrestling, broadcasting.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I came to YA’s because I wanted to move to California, pursuing my passions and living every day like its a party!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to keep having fun, auditioning, teaching, learning, acting, and making a difference in other’s lives.
Shelby-Wallace
Christian Wallace
Tennessee
CORDELL-HAGMANN
Cordell Hagmann
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I was supposed to attend a Cal State University and figure out my life from there. I didn’t really have a specific direction.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was a show choir kid and coached soccer teams on the side.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Grayden Smith told me to audition, so I did without knowing anything about the Young Americans. Literally, I thought they only had a Christmas Show.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to go to school and finish a degree in the Music field, but behind the scenes in either Agency or Music Communications.
Courtney-Ruff
Courtney Ruff
Iowa
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned to go to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa to major in Elementary Education and minor in Theatre as well as run cross country and track. I actually did this for two years before joining the Young Americans in 2012.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I ran cross country and track; played soccer, softball, and basketball; was in show choir and choir; participated in theatre and speech; was a member of student council, national honors society, Spanish national honors society, and a group called Undefeated.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I had always had both a passion for performing and teaching and I felt as though the Young Americans would be a way to combine both of my dreams. I also knew that through this program I would have the chance to inspire others and learn from people from all over the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to continue performing in some way. I also want to teach at an Indian Reservation and start my own Children’s Theatre.
Darby-Bell
Darby Bell
Indiana
DILARA-DEMIROCAK
Dilara Demirocak
Germany
Emily-Armstrong
Emily Armstrong
Canada
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plans were to attend a university in Canada and either go into education or broadcasting.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Dancing 15 hours a week.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Was introduced to YAs at Dance Ex and was completely intrigued which landed me here today!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I will try my best to succeed in the dance industry and if that doesn’t turn out move to Toronto and attend school for television broadcasting!
FUMIKO-KANO
Fumiko Kano
Japan
JLin-Jordan
J’Lin Jordan
Louisiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Plans were to Southeastern University and major in music education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Extra curriculars were choral, band, Key Club, Bible Club, etc.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined YA’s because they changed my life in such a positive way, so I want to share that with other kids around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Continue performing and helping kids, and maybe someday become a teacher!
JacobFigueroa
Jacob Figueroa “Fig”
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010 FAVORITE MUSIC: I am a fan of all styles of music.
  • Music is one of the largest parts of my life and I love having the opportunity to share it with people all over the world. I also love to learn from others, so having the opportunity to learn from so many different cultures and so many different people is huge for me.
JIANA-ODLAND
Jiana Odland
Illinois, USA
Kate-Callahan
Kate Callahan
Michigan
KAYLA-THOMPSON
Kayla Thompson
Michigan, USA
KENDYL-WHITE
Kendyl White
Michigan, USA
KRISTAN-NESTA
Kristan Nesta
Pennsylvania, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a baker.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I participated in marching band, choir, I played soccer and volleyball and was in national honor society.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because I wanted to give back the experience that I got from the workshops that changed my life.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: My future is still undecided but for now I want to continue touring the world doing what I love to do.
KristiWilhelm
Kristi Wilhelm
Illinois, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2009
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to go to Millikin University for Musical Theater.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities were basketball, track & field, National Honor Society, Springfield Ballet Company, school clubs, school choir, school musicals, and piano!
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The YAs were the most unique group of inspiring people that changed my life in only three days…so I wanted to do the same and inspire kids all over the world, changing one heart at a time.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to go back to school and study health and nutrition.
Mariah-Strickland
Mariah Strickland
Louisiana
Nick-Hudson
Nick Hudson
Indiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Plans were to attend Purdue university for psychology.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Show choir, choir, diving team, drama, and French club.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Taking the workshop my senior year at my high school and watching the YAs perform Lion King. Their passion inspired me to give my all and want to share my love of music with the world through teaching.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I hope to pursue music and either finish my degree in music education or be able to write and share my music with the world through performance.
NICK-TOWNSEND
Nick Townsend
Nebraska, USA
OLIVER-NEWTON
Oliver Newton
Colorado, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: Planned to be a pianist after high school.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Band, a peer ambassadors program, and jazz bands.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I loved the way they taught and connected with kids and because of how workshop made me feel.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’d like to teach English as a second language and continue to travel.
Patrick-Marshall
Patrick Marshall
California
Quiana-McElroy
Quiana McElroy
Alaska
Ricky-Hill
Ricky Hill
Michigan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on either going to school for a degree in Music Education or going to law school.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Football, Track and Field, Debate Team (2010 State Title), Choir, Mona Shores Allegros (Musical Theatre).
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I have always had a passion for teaching and music, and being able to affect kids around the world. The first YA show I ever saw was Boyne 2010, and I was so blown away I knew I had to audition immediately after the show.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on going back to school (in California or Michigan) for degree in Music Education.
SARAH-GOETZ
Sarah Goetz
Alaska, USA
Shane-Eagen
Shane Eagen
California
SHANNON-TYREE
Shannon Tyree
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to university and getting a business degree.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played volleyball, was a part of the marching band and was involved with musicals.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because It seemed like a perfect way to do what I love to do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: As of now I’m not sure what I want to do in the future but I want to continue touring as long as possible.
Shantal-Francis
Shantal Francis
Florida
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: After highschool, I received an Associates Degree in Psychology.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was very involved in the music department in highschool as well as honor societies.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love the support and inspiration I felt as a townkid and wanted to provide that for others. Also, when the YAs sang “We Wish You Love” I knew I wanted to be a part of that.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m not sure what I want to do after Young Americans. I might want to perform or become a psychologist!
SHELBY-DUBIN
Shelby Dubin
Michigan, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to a college in Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curriculars were dance and clubs.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I saw the Young Americans perform at Dance Excellence and instantly fell in love and knew I wanted to be a part of the group.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on auditioning and going to school to finish my degree.
Taylor-Kitchens
Taylor Kitchens
California
Taylor-Smith
Taylor Smith
Michigan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to western Michigan university and studying elementary education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was a part of the drama club and assisted teaching in elementary schools and pre schools.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I’ve done workshops since I was a kid and I fell in love with the spirit and absolute joy the YA’s brought to my town and to my life!
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m planning on getting my bachelors in elementary education and continuing to teach!
Tomomi-Nakamura
Tomomi Nakamura
Japan
Travis-Mattsson
Travis Mattsson
Louisiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to the New York Film Academy to work on my acting but due to their large tuition I decided I was a pelican and spent 2 years in a less expensive college while making money!
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Theater! Thespian Troupe! Choir!
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The workshop impacted me so much both times I did it and it changed my life but one of my biggest influences to come here was Mariah Strickland. After hearing her sing during a YA Workshop made me heart go nuts and I told myself that I had to do something like that.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on moving out to either NYC or Hollywood trying to better myself in acting, maybe do an audition, and become famous!
Zach-Dixon
Zach Dixon
Alaska
ZACH-MURRAY
Zach Murray
Iowa, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I was still in the process of figuring out what my future plans were.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included show choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because it came into my life at the right time and was exactly what I wanted to do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m still in the process of determining what my plans are for the future but I’m determined that being in The Young Americans is a perfect way into whatever that may be.
ZACH-SMOLNIK
Zach Smolnik
Nebraska, USA
ZACH-STAUFFER
Zach Stauffer
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to college to become a journalist.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played golf, was in show choir, and performed in musicals.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to give back the gift that I received.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m still deciding what it is I want to do but as of now I want to continue touring the world doing what I love.
Our Progress & How to get involved
The Young Americans new program, “Turn Up the Music,” has already achieved a measure of success that, until now, could only be imagined!  Launched in Southern California this past May with the “Reflections” show, the Turn Up the Music initiative endeavors to raise $1,000,000.00 for music programs all over the United States in the next three years.  The YA National Tour Summer Camp series started this goal off with a big bang!  Read ahead for our awesome summer accomplishments.
  • Harbor Springs, MI @ Harbor Springs High School (2 weeks)
  • $31,263.93 donated to music programs in Harbor Springs Public Schools plus a portion distributed to surrounding schools.
  • Paw Paw, MI @ Paw Paw High School
  • $17,060 to the Van Buren Intermediate School District for music programs within the school district. (Paw Paw is part of the VBISD)
  • Fremont, NE @ Midland University (2 weeks)
  • $21,000 towards rebuilding the Arts at Midland University as well as local music and arts programs
  • Corona, CA @ Corona High School
  • $5,065 toward music programs at Corona High School, Santiago High School, Roosevelt High School, and Centennial High School
  • El Segundo, CA @ El Segundo High School: August 6-10
  • $6,714 donated to the El Segundo Education Foundation (Ed! Foundation) to help music programs in El Segundo schools
  • Tustin, CA @ Columbus Tustin Middle School (2 performances)
  • $11,517 donated to the Tustin Public Schools Foundation for music programs in the Tustin Public School District
Can we help you do the math?  The above donations total $92,619.93 raised for music programs through the summer camps alone.  We’re almost a tenth of the way there!  We believe, now more than ever, that we can reach our million dollar goal. We can’t be more excited about the positive changes these monies will make in the lives of our country’s youth.  Check out our tour schedules to see where we’re traveling and where more of these funds will be allocated.  We’d love to help your local schools as well.  Give us a call to book the outreach tour so we can Turn Up the Music for your community!
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FALL TOUR 2014 | SEPT-NOV
EASTERN REGION TOUR – OPEN for schools throughout Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia
SPRING TOUR 2015 | JAN-MARCH
SOUTHERN REGION TOUR – OPEN for schools throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina
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Raising up schools across the nation.
Congratulations to the schools that have hosted The Young Americans & Turn Up The Music. These schools have proven to go above and beyond to support their school’s fine arts programs.
Platinum Record Level
Raised $2,448
St. Mary’s Cathedral School – Gaylord, MI
Raised $11,087
West Ottowa High School – Holland, MI
Raised $2,507
Mona Shores High School – Muskegon, MI
Raised $2,733
Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Port Washington, WI
Gold Record Level
CANADA
Raised over $1,500
HB Beal Secondary School – London, ON, Canada
Raised $750
Westminster Secondary School – London, ON, Canada
Raised $500
Widdefield Secondary School – North Bay, ON, Canada
CALIFORNIA
Raised $500
Palo Verde College – Blythe, CA
Raised $9,333.50
El Segundo USD, El Segundo, CA
Raised $250
St. Anthony’s Catholic School, El Segundo, CA
Raised $750
Encore JR. & SR. High School – Hesperia, CA
Raised $7,000
Los Alamitos USD & Education Foundation – Los Alamitos, CA
Raised $2,554
Milikan High School – Long Beach, CA
Raised $2,554
Valley Christian High School – Long Beach, CA
Raised $1,000
Rosemead High School – Rosemead, CA
Raised $750
Daniel Webster Elementary School – Pasadena, CA
ILLINOIS
Raised $750
Belvidere High School – Belvidere, IL
Raised $750
Brooks Middle School – Oak Park, IL
Raised $750
Springfield High School – Springfield, IL
MICHIGAN
Raised $500
Allegan High School – Allegan, MI
Raised $500
Alpena High School, Alpena – MI
Raised $2,432
Academy of the Sacred Heart – Bloomfield Hills, MI
Raised $500
Boyne City High School – Boyne City, MI
Raised $250
Bridgman High School – Bridgman, MI
Raised $1,500
Caro High School – Caro, MI
Raised $500
Clarkston Community Schools – Clarkston, MI
Raised $250
Charlevoix High School – Charlevoix, MI
Raised $500
Cheboygan High School – Cheboygan, MI
Raised $2,545
Dowagiac Union High School – Dowagiac, MI
Raised $750
East Jordan High School – East Jordan, MI
Raised $750
Island City Academy – Eaton Rapids, MI
Raised $500
Frankenmuth High School – Frankenmuth, MI
Raised $2,448
St. Mary’s Cathedral School – Gaylord, MI
Raised $750
Greenville High School – Greenville, MI
Raised $250
Harbor Springs High School – Harbor Springs, MI
Raised $11,087
West Ottowa High School – Holland, MI
Raised $750
Westwood High School, Ishpeming, MI
Raised $500
Lake Orion High School – Lake Orion, MI
Raised $2,507
Mona Shores High School – Muskegon, MI
Raised $500
Hill-McCloy High School – Montrose, MI
Raised over $2,250
Niles High School – Niles, MI
Raised $1,500
Parma High School – Parma, MI
Raised $500
Paw Paw High School – Paw Paw, MI
Raised $500
Traverse City Christian HS – Traverse City, MI
Raised $500
Suttons Bay High School – Suttons Bay, MI
Raised $250
Swartz Creek High School – Swartz Creek, MI
Raised $500
Wayland Union High School – Wayland, MI
MINNESOTA
Raised $750
Irondale High School – New Brighton, MN
Raised $2,554
New Prague Middle School – New Prague, MN
WISCONSIN
Raised $373
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School – Madison, WI
Raised $1,500
Marinette Middle School – Marinette, WI
Raised $500
Greendale High School & Young Dance Academy – Oak Creek, WI
Raised $2,733
Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Port Washington, WI
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