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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Economic Development, Performing Arts Schools, Television, Urban & Community Economic Development, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: The mission of Young Journey is to inspire young people worldwide to be lifelong learners eager to contribute to society through project based performing arts, media and sports programs and events.

Results: Young Journey started in the New York City Metro area in 2000 and has directly served over 5,000 young people. The organization became 501c3 in 2005. We expanded into the Central Texas area in 2015. We have evolved into a full television production show where participants showcase what they learn at Young Journey. We believe this community peer to peer outreach tool is a powerful way to indirectly serve countless viewers. Our programs are currently on-going. Youth are filming and editing for the Young Journey TV shows. The main target outcome for the television program is to provide tools to youth as they make the critical transition to adulthood. To assist in meeting our goal of increasing attendance and graduation rates, we provide academic support in some after school programs. The workshops are real world training helping to develop needed life skills and disciplines in young people. This is achieved by incorporating these topics throughout our project based curriculums. Participants are guided in writing their own scripts, creating and recording original songs, choreographing dances, blocking stage productions, filming and editing their own music videos, PSA's and television productions. Participants explore many careers in various fields. We are currently developing the Young Journey Sports Programs for a Fall 2017 start. This strengthening and conditioning program is designed to improve performance for any student athlete. The media aspect of the sports program includes sports broadcasting. Our current partnerships and sponsors are A Glimmer of Hope, Round Rock Public Library, Round Rock Area Serving Center, Round Rock Volunteer Center, Heather Lynn Smith, Keller Williams Realtor, McMurr.com, KAZI 88.7 FM, Goin' Postal Round Rock and many individuals.

Target demographics: Youth and Families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 youth

Geographic areas served: Greater New York City Area & Central Texas

Programs: Performing Arts, Media & Sports

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It is rare that one comes across an organization that they believe truly impacts the lives of others for the better. While The Young Journey Foundation's mission is geared toward improving the lives of children/youth and their families, they have impacted my life in a most special way. Time spent with The Young Journey Foundation is always awesome!! Having the opportunity to give back is only the beginning. The unexpected gifts that I have received in return are priceless. From the organization's professionalism to its heart toward children/youth and their families; it is amazing to witness and a privilege to be a part of. I've seen first hand how the lives of disadvantaged, low income, at risk children/youth and their families have been impacted by this organization's work. This has been evidenced in the children's/youth's overall growth, including behavior, attitude, grades and social-emotional state. The children/youth have an opportunity to be part of something constructive, among the overwhelming number of destructive influences that they are exposed to daily. The Young Journey Foundation develops character, integrity, teaches life lessons and helps the children/youth served to discover and develop their individual gifts, talents and abilities. Using the performing arts as vehicles to engage the children/youth, they are able to participate in music, dance and theater workshops that lead to culminating events. They are also able to take field trips and meet professionals in the various fields of interest. The Young Journey Foundation has been able to cultivate a culture that is encouraging, builds self esteem, and develops a sense of family and where children/youth never want to leave. There is always someone there to listen to a student or a parent. The children/youth are taught and are able to develop social skills that are vital for life. The Young Journey Foundation opens the door to a wonderful new world that children/youth and their families wouldn't ordinarily have access to. Please support The Young Journey Foundation. The organization is integral to the many children/youth and families that they have and will serve.