Youth Artists Collective
A carefully curated program designed to help young artists explore various career paths in the arts, provide them with hands-on learning opportunities to improve their crafts, and pay youth to complete community-level arts projects. In addition, we teach youth artists entrepreneurial skills so that they learn to earn money for their art and build businesses around their creative skills.
Black Girls (EM) Power
During a youth focus group in 2019, participants spoke candidly about how YMAN-sponsored activities for Black girls and young women had made a profound difference for them in terms of increased access to resources and the development of a community-based support system. With their guidance and support, YMAN launched Black Girls (EM)Power (BGE), a leadership development initiative where young Black women meet, build skills and knowledge, and amplify their collective voice and power.
IE Youth Power
A region wide-infrastructure that supports the development of young people, both as coalition members and as individual organizers through advanced training and leadership opportunities. These efforts are envisioned as a means of better preparing and empowering young people to become community leaders, as well as promoting long-term systemic improvements at the local and regional levels.