Youth on Record empowers Colorado’s underserved youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by employing local, professional artists as their educators.
Youth on Record’s vision is for youth to discover how their voice and value can create a better world.
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 1,700 teens in some of Denver/Aurora'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.
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.
Youth on Record has 3 program pillars that our programs fall under:
Academic Success is a pathway to personal freedom. YOR teaches middle and high school classes, led by local, community musicians who are trained in YOR's liberatory, engaged and anti-racist teaching pedagogy. In addition to teaching classes, YOR supports it's school partners with professional development trainings, as well as districtwide Career Pathways course development and instruction.
Access to greater economic opportunities supports individual and community freedom. YOR offers programming that increases the opportunities for and likelihood that young people will build the skills, networks, confidence, and strategies to become economically self-sufficient, doing work that they love, and are passionate about.
Building strong, supportive, inclusive communities fortifies young people's individual and collective freedom and power. In an effort to support the voices and value of our young people, YOR offers programming that engages communities, both in person and virtually, with youth music, youth voices, youth identities, and youth power.
All Youth on Record Programs include healthy Mentorships.