aka Youth on Record   |   Denver, CO   |


Youth on Record is offering virtual programming as well as safe, registration-only in-person programming during this time. We are following the guidance of our school partners for the 2020-2021 school year. Our Mission: Youth on Record empowers Colorado’s underserved youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by employing local, professional artists as their educators. Our Vision: Youth on Record’s vision is for youth to discover how their voice and value can create a better world.

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Principal Officer

Jami Duffy

Main address

1301 W. 10th Ave

Denver, CO 80204 USA

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NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Schools and Treatment Centers

We continue to serve our schools and treatment centers during the COVID-19 outbreak! Both Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools are in session online.

Since 2008, YOR has been bringing Colorado’s most respected and talented musicians into high schools and youth residential treatment centers. Credited as the most utilized music provider for Denver Public Schools, our intensive, out-of-school-time activates, for-credit music classes, advanced technical training, and the positive mentorships offered by our musician-instructors are empowering young people in Denver’s most vulnerable communities to graduate and develop the skills needed to enter the workforce or pursue a post-secondary education.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

YOR will be hosting online FREE virtual music-based workshops during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Youth ages 14 to 20 that want to participate in our online workshops have to sign up for a Soundtrap seat & be willing to do video conference call through Zoom.

There’s a 50 seat limit in our Soundtrap account at the moment. If you would like to participate please click the sign-up link below. After completing the form you will be sent a link for your Sountrap account and a Zoom invite calendar.

Workshop timeline

30 min: community meet-up, the question of the day
45 min: music workshop
15 min share out / closing

Open Lab is for students who have attended a Youth on Record class in the past or are currently enrolled, ages 14-21.
Open Lab is an open session for students to come and work on their projects, take lessons, and collaborate with other students

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

FEMpowered is continuing to meet online weekly during the COVID-19 outbreak! For more info, e-mail Mona Magno, [email protected]

In an effort to engage more young women in our out-of-school-time programming, Youth on Record is launching FEMpowered, a young women’s engagement and entertainment club that will empower female identified or assigned teens ages 14 to 21 to shape, create, and embolden their artistic talents by working with their peers and a network of professional artists who are committed to advancing the roles of women in the music and entertainment industry. We anticipate that 30 young women will engage in this group in 2017, and will produce a young women’s music festival in June 2017, called FEMpowered Fest.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

My Youth on Record | Interrupted
My Youth on Record Interrupted is a podcast where artists share how their personal, professional, and creative lives are transforming in the time of coronavirus

We interrupt your regularly scheduled podcast to bring you stories, observations, and interviews from community artists who - like you - are experiencing the unprecedented, the mundane, the absurd and the interrupted daily life in a world that changed nearly overnight.

We are collecting and archiving stories about how artists' personal, professional, and creative lives are transforming in the time of coronavirus. If you are interested in submitting your story, please do so below. In addition to keeping an archive of these unprecedented times, we will be selecting some to score and include in a new podcast called My Youth on Record Interrupted. If our team chooses to include your story in the podcast, we will be in touch with you with additional information.

Submit your story here:

Every artist starts somewhere. Some made music in their basements, and wrote love songs in their biology notebooks. Others were obsessed with that one mind-blowing band who seemed to write music just for them. At some point, they all felt inspired to make their own music.

My Youth on Record (MYOR) is a podcast where artists share the music they created as teens, and the stories behind the songs.

Host Shawn King from DeVotchKa, together with a featured teen co-hosts, take musicians back to the feeling of making music during their most awkward, vulnerable – and often most creative and raw – phase as novice music makers. Artists laugh, cry, cringe and hopefully learn something new about their own creative process as they take this musical trip down memory lane.

Broadcast from Youth on Record, a Colorado-based nonprofit that empowers youth to find their voice and value through music, MYOR interviews include early recordings from our musical guests, and conversations about the past, the present, and the future of music for all generations.

Executive Producers: Jami Duffy & Stephen Brackett
Host: Shawn King, DeVotchKa
Engineer: Jesus Rodriguez
Co-Hosts: Mona Magno, Shaun Dowdell, Stevie Selbie
Sponsor: Bonfils Stanton Foundation

Population(s) Served

The Youth on Record Fellowship program is an intensive and comprehensive 10-month program that is designed to bridge the gap between high school and either post-secondary school or a career. Each month, YOR Fellows participate in personal, professional and artistic development programming, designed to help them set and achieve goals for their next stage of life. The YOR Fellowship cohort meets twice each month and throughout the first nine-months, Fellows write and make progress on a Personal Empowerment Plan (PEP), which is designed to help them set and achieve goals. During month 10, Fellows present their PEPs to the YOR community and receive feedback and support on their goals. One monthly Fellowship session focuses on areas of artistic development and helping the Fellows hone their artistic/musical craft. The second session each month focuses on a topic of personal or professional development, including financial education, goal setting, business planning, marketing strategies, building a webpage, among other topics.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Artists and performers

Youth on Record has officially launched our Musicians in Community training.

This program will train musicians statewide to serve as guest and teaching artists in schools and youth facilities throughout Colorado. Musicians will be prepared to lead and instruct in classrooms and community settings, including libraries, community organizations, and facilities for sensitive populations.

The training will prepare Colorado musicians to:

Develop a setlist of personal experiences and strategic song selection
Tailor content for different age groups
Coordinate with teachers on how to enrich existing curricula
Set their rates for appearances and enrichment offerings
This training is designed and facilitated by our Director of Special Programs, Stephen Brackett

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Where we work


Business for the Arts Honoree 2020

Colorado Businesses Committee for the Arts

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Youth on Record, we believe that all young people, including those who are at-risk and written-off, have the ability to turn their lives around. We are committed to ensuring that the youth we serve graduate from high school and are ready to enter the workforce, and transition to college or enter advanced technical training and careers. Our programs empower 1,000 teens in some of Denver's most vulnerable communities to make life choices that positively impact their future by teaching them to develop the coping tools, inspiration, and wherewithal to succeed in today's world and to become leaders of tomorrow.

Our programs are designed, in part, to create positive educational and job training opportunities, both at school and outside of school, through engaging, transformative music education that prepares teens for college and creative careers.

Our strategy combines providing 1.) engaging, in-school coursework, 2.) out-of-school-time (OST) opportunities for teens, and 3.) advanced job skills training at our state-of-the-art music facility. Our for-credit courses – which are the inroad to Youth on Record's OST programming– are designed to motivate young people to attend class and graduate on-time. Students who appear to be at-risk of dropping out of school and who are engaging in destructive behaviors are identified by their school teachers and administrators, and are strongly encouraged to enroll in YOR programming as part of their Individual Education Plans.

Engaging the Underserved

Youth on Record partners with residential treatment centers throughout Colorado to provide creative education programs that help teens engage with their treatment plans. The direct care and administrative staff at centers consistently report that our programs have an overwhelmingly positive impact on the emotional well-being of their youth, allowing them to move more easily through their treatment plans and back to their families and communities.

We work to positively impact our communities from the ground up. More than 90% in our programs come from families who qualify for TANF. Nearly half of our neighbors live below the poverty line. Our students are an ethnically diverse group that includes 85% Latino and 12% black teens. By drawing from a culturally relevant, talented musician community, we have built a teaching team that reflects the diversity of our student body.

As an organization, we seek innovative and collaborative partnerships. Our partnership with the Denver Housing Authority resulted in the opening of our YMS in its award-winning redevelopment project. In an extension of that collaboration, the DHA is currently helping to complete build an outdoor stage, enhancing our capability to reach 500 neighbors per concert at no cost to them. Further, collaborating with KTLC Radio, Channel 93.3, The Underground Music Showcase, the Westword Music Showcase, Illegal Pete's Greater Than Collective Record Label, and over 150 MUSICIANS from our thriving, local music community has already enabled YOR to reach out to exciting artists coming through Denver, and the station has committed to bringing five additional nationally-recognized bands to perform/record at YOR this calendar year.

Finally, YOR Executive Director Jami Duffy works continuously to strengthen community ties and partnerships. She currently serves as a member of Denver's Cultural Collaborative and Art District on Santa Fe, as well as a Board member for Denver Levitt Pavilions. A nationally recognized innovator in engaging at-risk youth through the arts, she has served on panels before the U.S. Department of Labor, Affordable Housing and Education Symposium, and recently co-hosted Denver's first My Brother's Keeper Youth Summit with 100+ young men of color. She served as one of four panelists before National Endowment for the Arts employees exploring innovative approaches to providing the critical infrastructure to support musicians and the musical life of their regions.

We are serving more young people than ever, but we would love to be at every school needing our programs in Colorado.

Our Volunteer base is continually growing and developing. We have individuals taking on leadership roles within our committee structure.

We are focusing on growing our individual donor base in 2019 while continually strengthening our community partners while growing this at the same time.

We are focusing on building our Corporate Partners in 2019

Our Board of Directors will be growing in 2019

Our Staff will be growing in 2019

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,



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Board of directors
as of 2/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shiela Enser

Joe Flores

Ismael Guerrero

Daniel Sturman

Jeremy Yazinski

Mike Stewart

Greg Sturcke

Laura Schwinkindorf

Mitch Powers

Rikard Lundberg

Russell Hedman

Sean Mercado

Shiela Enser

Terri Hurst

Caroline Grant

Darlene D'Agostino Beck

Serafin Sanchez

Ron Gallardo

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/09/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.