Of YOR’s 1,000 current students, 90% qualify for TANF, with 79% Hispanic and 12% black teens. Our students are between 14-21YOA. Annually, we serve 180 students who currently reside at Youth Residential Treatment Facilities. 300 unduplicated students will be served in 2016.
Through a model partnership that brings together the local music community, public schools, the nation’s leading housing authority, and the philanthropic sector, Youth on Record (YOR) is a powerful example of what’s possible when musicians and nonprofit/public sector leaders embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and band together around a common cause. Our Youth Media Studio (YMS), the anchor tenant in a Denver Housing Authority award-winning redevelopment effort, is critical to our increasingly holistic approach to uplifting our region’s most vulnerable youth through access to music. This focus on leveraging the arts to inspire at-risk young people to re-engage in their education and graduate, while providing advanced job skills and opportunities in the creative industries, makes us one-of-a-kind.
Our 4,000 square foot Youth Media Studio in the heart of Denver, CO. was made possible in part through a generous contribution from the award-winning Denver Housing Authority. Now the anchor tenant of a mixed-income residential and commercial community, our space is a hub for creative projects.
Our YMS, a state-of-the-art studio which was made possible through a generous contribution from The Anschutz Foundation, is providing young people with a safe alternative to harmful and delinquent behavior. Every minute that a vulnerable teen spends at our facility is a minute that they could otherwise be engaging in harmful behaviors – including substance use and abuse, harmful interactions with law enforcement, fighting and gang-related activities, and truancy, to name a few.
Our Youth Media Studio is the anchor tenant in the award-winning, LEED-certified La Mariposa revitalization project of the Denver Housing Authority. The community is part of La Alma/Lincoln Park, where nearly half live below the poverty line. Many of our students attend DPS intensive pathways schools, serving at-risk youth challenged by low attendance and graduation rates. All of our students speak English as a first or second language. As an inclusive organization, we take all measures possible to support the LGBTIQ community. Hate speech and discrimination are simply not tolerated in our classrooms or at our YMS.