YOR’s education, music, and community programs are designed to help young people become more free, more rooted in their personal power, and better able to thrive in spite of systems and circumstances that dis-empower and marginalize them. YOR designs and implements strengths-based, music-centered programs intended to equip young people from historically under-resourced communities with skills needed to find success in life by advancing their academic success, increasing their economic opportunities and career skills, and strengthening their community connections and networks.
Our students are brilliant and resilient. Despite the odds against them, they demonstrate determination, creativity, talent, willingness, and courage. As YOR works to ensure that young people achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best, we recognize that our students face white supremacist systems that make it increasingly difficult for them to survive and ultimately thrive. YOR’s work addresses these systems and seeks to provide our youth with personal and professional tools to both navigate and ultimately dismantle systems of inequity. YOR works with nearly 1,700 youth ages 12-24 annually. Our students are primarily BIPOC youth in the Denver metro area coming from 40 metro area zip codes.
Theory of Change
By providing high quality music-centered, trauma-informed programming in areas of academic success, mentorship, economic opportunity and community activation to young people living or going to school in historically under-resourced communities and schools, increased social-emotional skills, increased resiliency, increased academic success and achievement, increased post-secondary readiness, and increased economic stability will occur.