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