What do monsters, high schools, the US Government, prisons, and love stories have in common? EVERYTHING.
Especially if you're one of YPT's students and you're writing about a high school-prison for monsters mandated by the federal government, leaving monsters and non monster relationships in tatters. And that's only one of the fascinating plays I've had the pleasure of attending over my time volunteering for YPT.
Why do they keep giving me the whole seat? I only need the edge!
YPT's focus on outcomes is far and above what separates them from other organizations. By focusing on developing students over the course of a year, they're able to measure and track the students' success. YPT's team is encouraging, empathetic, and just plain fun to be around - I have been volunteering for a couple years now, and it is always a joy to see what the students are able to produce, and even more enjoyable to witness their work with the staff that makes it happen!
YPT is an incredible organization that successfully works to empower DC area youth. The events and performances performed by YPT and its students are rewarding experiences for the audience and performers alike. I wouldn't want to volunteer anywhere else!
YPT has incredible staff very dedicated to running a high-quality, engaging program for kids and the larger DC-area community. I have worked in the education, non-profit field for over 10 years, and have been so impressed with the organization's strategy, resolve, creativity, and energy. I look forward to helping this organization continue to grow and provide transformative educational experiences for kids and their families.
provides amazing and supportive opportunities for local youth
YPT is such a vital and important part of the DC community. The programs they lead are effective and affecting, and clearly leave a lasting, positive mark on all who are lucky enough to participate. Additionally, the staff is the most passionate, dedicated, and committed group of people you're ever likely to meet. It's inspiring how much they do with the resources they have, and I'm proud to contribute in whatever small way I can to YPT!
YPT uses theatre to change kids' lives. As an audience member, for the past six years, I've seen YPT's work and its affects on kids' lives and outlooks, and it never ceases to amaze me. As a director, I've worked with many of YPT's young playwrights and their work coming out of YPT's in-school programs is always challenging and inspiring, and seeing the playwrights watch their work come to life through the voices and bodies of professional actors is always one of the highlights of my creative life. Every time, you can see these young writers realizing the power of their own voices and the value of their own experiences and you get the sense that this experience will forever live in their minds, and that they will carry it forward with a confidence, self-assuredness, and even daring that they might not have found otherwise. And YPT keeps giving more and more kids that experience, in every class, in every rehearsal, and every production, every year. And it's great.
I've been at YPT as a volunteer since September, and I have nothing but positive things to say. The energy in this office is incomparable to any other organization I've worked with. Everyone is so passionate to achieve YPT's goals, as well as going further than the previous year. I look forward to coming in and helping in the office, because I know a difference is truly being made in the greater DC area.
YPT is one of the most wonderful organizations in the DC area. I've served as a volunteer for over a year and have interacted with students, peers, and artists at many events and programs. I've come to know the entire staff and many members of the "YPT Family." This organization cares about empowering young people through arts education and few things are more important in my eyes. The team at YPT is dedicated, loving, and innovative. They seek challenges, run excellent programs, pay their teaching artists well, and inspire the communities they serve.
I have been volunteering with the Young Playwrights Theater for a few months now and I am blown away by the dedication and ability of the employees. This organization has some of the nicest most capable people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. They are constantly thinking of new and better ways to bring playwriting, and the arts in general, to a much deserving group of students. Also, their ability to take limited resources and turn them into amazing events for their students and their families only furthers how deserving this organization is of recognition. It has been one of my greatest pleasures getting to volunteer with the staff of YPT and continue to see and experience the amazing work that they do first hand.