While our current public school system offers fewer choices for our
youth to explore their creativity in a regular classroom setting, there
is a growing interest in the arts heightened by an explosion of popular
media programming with great emphasis on creative endeavors.
significant is the emerging high numbers of passionate arts
entrepreneurs supported by advanced, cost effective and efficient
technology that allows the individual to express their creativity over
various social platforms from Instagram to Youtube.
Yet there is very
little harnessing of the creative genius in K-12 primary educational
YITA offers youth ages 5 yrs. old to adults an array of arts and entertainment instruction that teaches the creative and technical aspects of these industries including but not limited to: event production * film directing *arts & crafts * various forms of media writing * acting * music * dance * martial arts and etiquette.
Additionally, YITA uses a creative learning model in summer school
programming that engages youth in three project-based learning
components: developing employable skills, work readiness training and leadership skills building and critical thinking needed to be successful
in any workplace. Each period of instruction is culminated with a major production
allowing all participants to demonstrate their talent on stage to a
large audience of family and friends.
Demographically, YITA's emphasis
is on serving at-risk youth located in the Greater Washington
Metropolitan Area, however, we also offer our broad programming to
striving youth outside of this population and look to expand our
territory to locations in various parts of the country.
Already just over 3 years, YITA has served approximately 300 youth
and over 50 adults. We've also witnessed the impact YITA has already
made on returning youth, who've demonstrated remarkable improvement in
their attitudes, freedom of creative expression, etiquette and classroom
attentiveness. Their enthusiasm and performance skills have grown from
the time they've entered until the time they've exited as witnessed by
evaluations and the quality of production of a culminating performance
managed and produced by the youth and adult participants.