Arts, Culture, and Humanities

YOUNG VOICES OF AUSTIN

Austin, TX   |  www.youngvoicesofaustin.org

Mission

The mission of Young Voices of Austin is to foster musical excellence, leadership, and sustained academic achievement. Our choristers become global citizens who use the power of music as the path to create bridges throughout our city and into the world.

Honorable. Accomplished. And Kind.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director & COO

Diana Greenfield

Main address

501 N Ih 35 Ste 211

Austin, TX 78702 USA

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EIN

81-3962298

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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?

Vox Prima

Vox Prima Ages 6-11(1st-5th grade) Meets on Mondays, 4:00-6:30PM weekly from September through May. Program Location: First Austin, 901 Trinity Street. Young Voices of Austin provides high-quality music education to a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of young people ages 6 to 18. Musical instruction includes rigorous sight-singing and ear-training, general musical literacy, vocal technique, and stage presence and movement. Choristers learn to analyze scores from many styles and traditions, and to sing texts in many different languages from around the world. The mission of YVA is enhanced by a commitment to academic achievement, including assistance with identifying and applying to colleges, tutoring, guidance on auditions and essay-writing, and SAT/ACT preparation. Young Voices of Austin is committed not only to creating stronger musicians but stronger people, empowering the voices of Austin’s youngest citizens so that they may become its future leaders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Vox Medius 6th through 8th grades Meets on Tuesdays, 4:30-7:00PM weekly from September through May Program location: First Austin, 901 Trinity Street. Young Voices of Austin provides high-quality music education to a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of young people ages 6 to 18. Musical instruction includes rigorous sight-singing and ear-training, general musical literacy, vocal technique, and stage presence and movement. Choristers learn to analyze scores from many styles and traditions, and to sing texts in many different languages from around the world. The mission of YVA is enhanced by a commitment to academic achievement, including assistance with identifying and applying to colleges, tutoring, guidance on auditions and essay-writing, and SAT/ACT preparation. Young Voices of Austin is committed not only to creating stronger musicians but stronger people, empowering the voices of Austin’s youngest citizens so that they may become its future leaders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Vox Dominus 9th through 12th grades Meets on Mondays, 5:30-8PM, weekly from September through May. Program location: First Austin, 901 Trinity Street Young Voices of Austin provides high-quality music education to a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of young people ages 6 to 18. Musical instruction includes rigorous sight-singing and ear-training, general musical literacy, vocal technique, and stage presence and movement. Choristers learn to analyze scores from many styles and traditions, and to sing texts in many different languages from around the world. The mission of YVA is enhanced by a commitment to academic achievement, including assistance with identifying and applying to colleges, tutoring, guidance on auditions and essay-writing, and SAT/ACT preparation. Young Voices of Austin is committed not only to creating stronger musicians but stronger people, empowering the voices of Austin’s youngest citizens so that they may become its future leaders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Where we work

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Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The mission of Young Voices of Austin is to provide the diverse population of Austin’s youth with opportunities to thrive musically, academically and socially. We believe that Austin itself is a melting pot of different cultures and by bringing people from various backgrounds beyond the barriers of race, socioeconomic status and nationalities, we can form a community where music and art can become a cornerstone of hope, creativity, and leadership.

We provide high-quality music education to a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of young people ages 6 to 18. Musical instruction includes rigorous sight-singing and ear-training, general musical literacy, vocal technique, and stage presence and movement. Choristers learn to analyze scores from many styles and traditions, and to sing texts in many different languages from around the world. Young Voices of Austin’s curriculum is consistent with national standards, at tiered levels designed to reinforce lessons and increase challenge and achievement as choristers progress. Our program curriculum reflects our commitment to academic achievement, including assistance with identifying and applying to colleges, tutoring, guidance on auditions and essay-writing, and SAT/ACT preparation. Young Voices of Austin is committed not only to creating stronger musicians but stronger people, empowering the voices of Austin's youngest citizens so that they may become its future leaders.

Young Voices of Austin celebrates the rich diversity of the city's youth. By supporting the musical, academic, and personal achievements of our choristers, YVA provides a high-quality, community-based afterschool experience for young people ages 6 to 18. Young Voices of Austin provides fully funded bus transportation for every chorister who needs it. We see this as the key to bringing together students from all neighborhoods of Austin. It is crucial to the success of our mission. It is also our greatest challenge. It costs over $800 to transport each chorister from school to the program and back again in the evening. In this, our third program year, we provide transportation for 71% of our students, joining us from 25 schools throughout Austin. In addition, 73% of our choristers are on full or partial scholarships. YVA’s Board and Staff are dedicated to raising scholarship funds each year and are passionate in their belief that no student should be turned away due to their inability to pay.

Young Voices of Austin has been in operation for three academic years. 100% of graduating students in our 2017/18 and 2018/19 programs were accepted into leading colleges and universities and are still in their college programs. In the 2019/20 program year, lack of scholarships and inability for families to be able to cover shortfalls have forced several of our graduating students to take a gap year. Post-COVID, and hopefully with families back on their feet, they expect to begin college courses in August 2021. All other graduates were accepted into colleges and universities (with sufficient scholarship dollars) and will begin their courses in August 2020. We also pride ourselves on a 90%+ re-enrollment rate. In addition, we count ourselves fortunate to have over a dozen younger siblings having joined our program as soon as they became of school age. Musically, we have been able to form an honor choir, Vox Electus, comprised of accomplished singers in our Vox Medius and Vox Dominus divisions. These students have represented our organization at local events and have even traveled out of state to perform.

What have you accomplished so far and what’s next? We have engaged several dozen community partners that have joined together to provide over 1500 meals and 1700 bottles of Richard’s Rainwater for our students. Austin’s own BookSpring has provided hundreds of books for us to distribute to our families, and the Library of Congress has provided a small lending library for our office. We have partnered with PriceWaterhouseCoopers to provide our students with annual Financial Literacy workshops and have worked with the world-renown Paramount and Stateside Theatre to host our annual concerts. In each of the past three program years, all of our seniors have graduated High School on time with most receiving at least partial college scholarships. Below are few statistics about our program’s recent achievements. 75% percentage of choristers on full or partial scholarship 100% percentage of Austin area applicants accepted into our program 25+ Austin area schools represented through our choristers. 44 Choristers enrolled 2019/2020 Moving forward: Since the COVID-related suspension of our program in March 2020, we have been working closely with our local school districts as well as following guidelines from local and state health officials to ensure that we are adhering to recommended safety protocols. We hope that by developing a hybrid model (remote learning and on-campus instruction) of our program, we can ensure that Young Voices of Austin will continue providing resources and opportunities for our students. We have accepted 40 students into our Fall program and look forward to reimagining and reenvisioning our program to thrive in this post-pandemic world.

Financials

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YOUNG VOICES OF AUSTIN

Board of directors
as of 7/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Steve Kuhn


Board co-chair

Paul Twitchell

Paul Twitchell

Ray Benson

Molly Joseph

Andrew Olson

Christy Pipkin

Turk Pipkin

Andy Roddick

Luis Zayas

Steve Kuhn

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/13/2020

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/13/2020

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

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.

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