Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is YAC?

YAC is short for the Youth Advisory Council.  Started in 2012, YAC’s mission is to increase access and exposure of North Philadelphia youth of color (ages 15-17) to the diversity of cultural work being done in Philadelphia, and in particular North Philadelphia.  Inspired by this exposure, the Youth Advisory Council directly contributes back into Philadelphia’s cultural vitality by creating, promoting and delivering collaborative public programs that address their own interests and taste.  It is through this work that YAC begins to recognize and learn the necessary skills required to become the next generation of Philadelphia’s diverse cultural leaders.

How do you get involved with YAC?

In September of every year five students are selected to be part of YAC.  These students are chosen from interviews conducted with students through recommendations made by area high school teachers, principals, and guidance counselors or with students who reach out individually.  These students are have strong leadership skills, an interest in artistic practice, the flexibility to commit to the group for a one year period, and the ability to work within a group.  If you or your school is interested in learning more, please Contact Us!

What high schools participate?

Most of the participating high schools have little to no arts programming and are located in the North Philadelphia neighborhoods. 

The schools we have worked with so far are:

2012-12

  • El Centro de Estudiantes
  • Kensington Creative and Performing Arts School
  • Multicultual Academy Charter School
  • Samuel Fels High School
  • Simon Gratz Mastery Charter

 

2013-14

  • Franklin Learning Center
  • El Centro de Estudiantes
  • Kensington Creative and Performing Arts School
  • Multicultual Academy Charter School
  • Samuel Fels High School

 

2014-15

  • Kensington Creative and Performing Arts School
  • Philadelphia Military Academy
  • Julio de Burgos Elementary
  • Audenried High School

 

What is the selection process of YAC?

We begin by contacting schools that are interested in participating in the program.  We ask teachers, principals and guidance counselors to provide a list of students they feel would both benefit from, and contribute to, the YAC.  Our program associate meets with each student individually for a relaxed conversation where they discuss the students interests and goals.  Once these conversations take place, a group of five students are selected to participate.

Are the students paid to participate?

Yes.  Each student is paid a monthly stipend.

Who funds the YAC?

We have been fortunate to receive funding from the Samuel S. Fels Fund and the Philadelphia Foundation.