The mission of YAC is to create a supportive environment for young adults by emphasizing the importance of community development through intercultural engagement in pursuit of service learning, artistic programming and internship.
We recognize the world is changing and as a participant of YAC, you are provided a platform to network with diverse mentors of the 4th Industrial Revolution (representing a combination of cyber-physical systems) along with members of other varied disciplines who instruct on the techniques needed to revitalize the global economy. These individuals help to build and nurture your competiveness throughout the global marketplace. You work diligently alongside others of multicultural backgrounds to foster a supportive environment and be offered an innovative perspective to modern technology and 21st century global leadership. This experience ensures a strong foundation for participants with more advanced skills to creatively invent and integrate newfound knowledge within our everyday lives.
Depending upon the program of interest, participants ages vary. The Mentoring Program, applicants can be enrolled in the 7th grade but for the Residency Program, applicants must be legal age, minimum 18 years of age and no older than 25 years of age.
YAC accepts applications for its domestic and international programs from prospective participants who are legal residents of their home country and its territories. YAC does not provide visas for participation in their programs and prospective artists who have established other means of US Residency (i.e. asylum seekers) are welcome to apply.
While YAC’s admissions committee does not consider prospective applicant’s grade point average as the sole requirement of the process, this is a factor into the decision of the committee alongside recommendations, interviews, transcripts, and other varying levels of achievement.
Although YAC does focus on the creativity of its participants, prospective applicants are not required to be an artist. YACs programming is purposed to include individuals of multiple interest to foster an open environment for diversity and inclusion, emphasizing its importance in the need of globalism.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $25 US dollars for processing. This is payable via PayPal.
We understand our prospective students are at various stages within their lives, which may limit their time and commitment, therefore YAC offers three (3) tracks for its participants – Internship, Mentoring, and Artist-In-Residency.
We understand prospective applicants are at various stages throughout their lives so our goals are to nurture in ways which will increase awareness and eduction. We actively recruit particularly among underrepresented communities to close the gap in education and workforce development by focusing on the areas of artistic expression, social justice, entrepreneurship, artivism, community development and technology. In pursuit of these goals, we seek to support training of the next generation mentors and establish community initiatives focused on education, environmental sustainability and wellness.
Track 1: Artist-In-Residency
A 2-month summer immersion experience in a progressive thinking environment infused with distance learning centered on civic leadership from a creative perspective. Residents will benefit from the contemplative international retreat with collaborative partners while also contributing to a dynamic mix of programming for community growth and sustainability.
Track 2: Accelerated Mentorship
A 10-month intensive accelerated seminar – part instruction, part interactive – with an integrated component of globalism and intergenerational engagement. With this seminar, there will be mandatory courses with themes solicited from participants throughout the community seeking trained professionals for employment and 21st century leadership.
Track 3: Internship
A structured work experience for selected participants – high school aged (only juniors and seniors), undergraduate and graduate students – depending upon positiion, related to a participant’s academic major and/or professional goal. This experience is supervised by a professional in the industry and the participant is expected to collaborate with the team in all stages of the project. The internship can be one academic term (summer, spring, fall) or multiple academic terms in length.
Mentors assume many different roles but are required to maintain a strict professional relationship, consisting of boundaries with participants. The purpose of this program is to encourage independence for the young adults while instructing on interviewing and business ettiquette, navigating personal and professional relationships, conflict resolution, and networking.
The mentor, during the course of a relationship, should share some basic qualities:
To be a mentor within the YAC community, there is a yearly commitment that is asked of participants. We value your time and dedication to young adults but we also respect your personal responsibilities.
YACs programming is a fusion of distance learning with intensive small group sessions. Participants can pursue individualized research projects under the tutelage of leaders in their field of interest in addition to contributing to group sessions or one-on-ones with peers.
While support from corporate sponsors is welcomed, our partners should seek to align closely with our mission, values, and programs, all of which are centered around our five pillars: social justice, economice development, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and artivism. Partnerships should seek to encourage the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required of the 4th revolution – a combination of the physical, digital and biological worlds – with the understanding and challenges of 21st century leadership.
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You can make a donation to our participants through the use of new or slightly used technology equipment; serving as an internship hosting site; volunteer and mentoring commitments; facility space; and individual/corporate sponsorship.
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YAC is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to YAC are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax identification number (EIN) is 83-3485845.