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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 | JANUARY – MARCH 2015
JAN 9-12
El Segundo High School – El Segundo, CA ›› |
JAN 9-11
Daniel Webster & Marshall Fundamental School – Pasadena, CA ›› |
JAN 15-17
Cedar Hill High School – Dallas, TX
JAN 18-20
South Live Oak Elementary – Watson, LA ››
JAN 22-24
Marksville High School – Marksville, LA ›› |
JAN 25-27
Slidell High School – Slidell, LA ›› |
JAN 29-31
Bogalusa High School – Bogalusa, LA ›› |
FEB 1-3
Ponchatula High School – Ponchatula, LA ›› |
FEB 5-7
Milton High School – Milton, FL ›› |
FEB 8-10
Franklinton High School – Franklinton, LA ›› |
FEB 12-14
Gainesville High School – Gainesville, GA ›› |
FEB 15-17
North Hall High School – Gainesville, GA ›› |
FEB 19-21
Charleston County School of the Arts – Charleston, SC | Closed Event
FEB 23-25
Everglades High School – Miramar, FL ›› |
FEB 26-28
Coral Reef High School – Miami, FL ›› |
MAR 5-7
Volunteer St. Comm. College – Gallatin, TN ›› |
MAR 8-10
Macon County High School – Lafayette, TN ›› |
MAR 11-13
Cleveland St. Comm. College – Cleveland, TN ›› |
MAR 15-17
Rogers High School – Rogers, AR ›› |
MAR 19-21
Copiah Academy – Gallman, MS ›› |
MAR 22-24
Delta Academy – Marks, MS ›› |
APRIL 6-8
Tour Schedule | SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2015
Albert-Herrera
Albert Herrera
Florida
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on finishing my degree in criminal justice and becoming a police detective.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played football, wrote for the yearbook, and was very active in choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I have always wanted to help out and make a difference, the YAs gave me the opportunity to do just that on an incredible scale.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on finishing my degree and returning to my hometown to help support dwindling arts programs.
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 :)
ASHLEY J
Ashley Jones
Nebraska
Brodie-Case
Brodie Case
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to college to get a degree in engineering.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: In High School I was a part of ASB, Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, the Drama program, and the golf team.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YA’s because I wanted to see more of the world while doing what I love to do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: My plans after the YA’s are still being decided… but I would love to do some technical work for Disney.
CARLEY-CONGDON
Carley Congdon
South Carolina, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: Before joining the group, I was in college as a Biology major, and I planned to become a Neurosurgeon.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Band, National Honors Society, Musical Theatre.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the group because I have a huge passion for music, and I needed to be around people that felt the same way. I loved the joy and freedom that The Young Americans had on stage, and I wanted to have that and share it with other people.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would really like to record an album, and I’d like to go into Neuroscience research.
CAROLINE D
Caroline Dale
Tennessee
Charleston-Troutman
Charleston Troutman
Georgia
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I attended Georgia College & State University for two years pursuing a pre-law degree.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I participated in musical theatre, ballet, church choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The Young Americans inspired me to be myself and pursue my dreams. I joined the group to share that same message with kids around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I may go back to school to pursue law.
CHEYENNE-HIRST
Cheyenne Hirst
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a photo journalist and write sports articles.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was a part of cheer, show choir, theatre, asb, and ALOT of different clubs on campus.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I took a workshop my a Junior year oh High School with my little brother who was in 5th grade. And to see how much the YAs brought him out of his shell, I knew this was something I needed to be a part of.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to be a first grade teacher or practice music therapy with special needs children.
CHRISTINA D
Christy Duechle
Indiana
CLARK L
Clark Long
Louisiana
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.
DAHSN W
Dahsn Walsh
Alaska
Daisy-OBrien
Daisy O’Brien
England
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My Plans before YA was that I was going to train as a mental health nurse and join the military in the air force along with in rehabilitation with adolescents in prisons, rehabs and homes.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curriculars were a swimmer and a student counselor.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined Young Americans I got work with people from all different backgrounds, travel the world combined with being able to perform.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I still plan to train as a mental health nurse and join the military, also rehabs and prisons but i want to expand this and hopefully travel with this job.
DANIEL C
Daniel Cervantes
California
DANIELLE A
Danielle Andersen
Nebraska
DEANDRE
DeAndre Ford
Louisiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plan before i met the YA’s was to go to the Marines and after to then go to college to be a Choreographer.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Basketball and Drama.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: What made me join the YAs was the fact that there able to dance and sing together no matter what level they are and to have fun is what got me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to open up my own dance studio for kids and to host the YA’s to do workshops with the kids.
EMILY M
Emily McBride
Nebraska
Eri-Matsumoto
Eri “Elly” Matsumoto
Japan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My dream was to be YAs since I was in junior high.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I did dance, school band.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love music, kids, performing, traveling, and seeing different people. and when I took workshop, YA taught me very important things through the music. I thought this is exactly what I wanna do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I wanna keep performing!
GABRIELLE P
Gab Piazza
Michigan
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!
James-Price
James Price
California
Jason-Liebson
Jason Liebson
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Plans were attend St. Olaf College and double major in Music Education and Theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Extra curriculars were drama, orchestra (viola/double bass), jazz band (voice/alto sax), aerial arts (silk, static/flying trapeze).
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to perform, teach, and see the world, so Young Americans made the most sense.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to go back to a university (possibly overseas) and finish school, maybe perform for a little bit, and then teach music somewhere in the UK!
JONATHAN V
Jonathan Velez
Arizona
JOSHUA W
Joshua Wright
Louisiana
JUSTIN LOTITO
Justin Lotito
New Jersey, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to work for a record label.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included playing soccer, football, being involved with choir and musicals.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Because my best friend (who is also a YA) inspired me, and because it was an alternative to “real” school.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on continuing to perform.
KATIE W
Katie Wacker
Michigan
Keenen-Lattimore
Keenen Lattimore
Tennessee
KIARA-SAMPSON
Kiara Sampson
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a preschool teacher. I have a huge passion for kids and I’ve always wanted to be the one to make a positive impact on a kids life.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was involved in show choir, jazz choir, theatre as a thespian, and I sang for the jazz band.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because it combined the two things I loved most together, kids and music, there was no better option. Not to mention my father and older sisters were in the group and I look up to the a lot and aspired to be like them.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to live my dream and become a teacher but try and perform on the side for fun.
LEAH J
Leah Jones
Michigan
MADELAINE S
Maddi Stanford
Illinois
MADDIE G
Maddie Genger
Washington
Mariah-Strickland
Mariah Strickland
Louisiana
Mary-Lehmann
Mary Lehmann
Michigan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plans were to audition for musical theater at colleges that were in Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, band, tennis, golf, dance, voice lessons.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined YA’s because it was one of the only performance based school where everyone supports eachother. Competition wasn’t the main focus of the group.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on moving to New York and start auditioning for shows or attend Penn State University to finish a degree in musical theater.
Patrick-Marshall
Patrick Marshall
California
Riley-Knight
Riley Knight
Nebraska
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a high school band director.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Band, choir, theater, speech and debate.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to help kids just like the group helped my sister.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to go back to college and become a high school band director.
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!
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-STAUFFER
Zach Stauffer
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on attending college and getting a degree in Computer Science.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Golf, Musical Theater, Show Choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: No feeling is greater than the feeling of performing on a stage, I wanted to explore the world while doing what I love.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I enjoy what it takes to put a show together, something that has to do with directing, production, or management.
ZakMoses
Zak Moses
Louisiana, USA
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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