25 Years of Youth Performance Company

Youth Performance Company

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YPC is developing and empowering our community's youth to reach their potential and become community leaders through experiences in theatre.

Youth Performance Company works to change kids lives through experiences and leadership opportunities in theatre. For 25 years, people have believed in YPC and the fabulous kids we work with.

"That is the heart and soul of YPC—we believe in every young artist that walks through our doors—even when they might not be ready to believe in themselves—we believe for them. It’s our job to inspire each young person to understand and honor their potential...to provide them with the skills to be powerful and accomplished, and the spirit to know and believe anything and everything is possible.

This year we are asking you to invest in YPC to help kids for another 25 years by "fueling the creative spirit of youth by developing, empowering and advancing young artists."

Theatre is a powerful tool to teach leadership, critical thinking, literature, history, science and math. Study after study reveals that students who are engaged in the arts are more likely to achieve higher SAT scores, have higher levels of empathy and tolerance, 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, and are twice as likely to graduate from high school.

Yet in the past 25 years arts education has diminished greatly in our schools and communities. Just in the past 10 years, Drama and Dance programs in elementary schools have declined 80% - Even though 97% of all Americans feel that the arts are essential.

We’re here to make sure that the young people in this community have a safe and nurturing place to go. A place where they will be challenged to BE their best –to DO their best. We have a very short window of opportunity to make that impact. So we all must act NOW. I have said this before—but I can’t say this enough our kids deserve all of us to be advocates for them. And that is what I’m asking you to do today.

Best wishes,

Jacie Knight
Founder & Artistic Director

P.S. Please consider multiplying your gift even more by using social media and word of mouth to challenge your friends to match your donation. This helps us bring in new supporters to help Youth Performance Company develop and empower more young artists and give them a safe, accepting place to find their voices.

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Organization Information

Youth Performance Company
3338 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

(612) 623-9180 x105



YPC is developing and empowering our community's youth to reach their potential and become community leaders through experiences in theatre.

EIN: 411753681

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