Andrés Luna, II Appointed New Interim CEO of The Young Americans

The Young Americans Board of Directors met at length last night. We have read your emails, viewed your social media posts, and are listening to you. Responses to FAQs are being refined and will be posted in the next 24 hours. The extraordinary events of 2020 have had a profound impact on everyone; every individual, every family, every business and especially every arts-based non-profit organization like The Young Americans. In March, all in-process YA tours were ended and cast-members returned home. College staff and faculty took heroic steps to complete the Spring term. With no promise of near-term income, most non-college staff was furloughed in April and subsequently laid off in May leaving only four essential employees at partial salary to attempt a recovery. The Board of Directors has held many emergency meetings to act in what we agreed at the time to be in the best interest of the organization. While we remain confident in the decisions, we admittedly fumbled the communication and coordination on more than one occasion. For that, we sincerely apologize to those affected. Most regrettably, these actions and the broader unique economic situation led to the recent resignations of Bill Brawley, Kat Dull and Mike Krauss. The Board has internally addressed our issues and are committed to a cohesive and transparent interaction with our new interim CEO, Andy Luna (please click on this link to review Mr Luna’s qualifications), staff/faculty, our students, their families, and our alumni. We remain dedicated to advancing The Young Americans mission as global circumstances allow.

Sincerely,
Vanessa Brown, Leif Green, David Klein, Phil Lisle, Michelle Lund, Drew McGarity, Kenny Morris, Carol Schaner, Mike Wall

July 9, 2020 – Below is a list of questions that were sent to The Young Americans Board of Directors. These questions were submitted by parents of current students of the College.

Please note. We want to be a transparent as possible, however, in order to protect current and former employees, we are not a liberty, nor do we feel it is appropriate, to discuss many details of their employment with The Young Americans. This is an obligation we take very seriously.

Nevertheless, we are doing our best to answer the questions that the Board has been asked directly and other questions that have arisen in social media.

Please click the following link to access the FAQ’s (the questions are in blue and our answers are in red).

Sincerely,
Vanessa Brown, Leif Green, David Klein, Phil Lisle, Michelle Lund, Drew McGarity, Kenny Morris, Carol Schaner, Mike Wall

COVID-19 UPDATES

Following guidance from the Federal Government and CDC regarding stay-at-home and social distancing, The Young Americans and The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts has suspended all in-person operations, including performances and workshops. All in-person classes have moved to online modes of delivery. Protecting everyone’s safety is our highest concern. Normal operations will resume when it is safe for our cast members, staff, and the communities who welcome us into their schools and homes to do so. For more information, please call us at 951-493-6753 or e-mail us at info@youngamericans.org.

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