Newark Public Schools Receive the Gift of Music From One Coast To the Other.

Inspired Los Angeles Family Donates $20,000 To Bring The Young Americans' Music Education Workshops To Newark Schools.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Los Angeles, CA): Internationally acclaimed music advocacy and performing group, The Young Americans, will be making a tour stop in Newark, NJ on November 16th-18th thanks to a generous donation from an inspired Los Angeles family. Their gift will provide three days of intense, life changing music and performance workshops free of charge to hundreds of local students from Sussex Avenue School and Central High School.  This Young Americans’ three-day ‘International Music Outreach Workshop’ will culminate with a large Broadway-type show for the community on November 18th, 6:00 pm at the Central High School 250 18th Avenue in their auditorium.

The Los Angeles Family, who wants to remain anonymous, was incredibly inspired when their own children participated in a recent Young Americans’ Music Workshop in Valencia, California and they wanted to provide the same experience for another community whose students may not otherwise ever get to benefit from a workshop of this caliber.  Aware of the recent news about Newark Public Schools, the family felt The Young Americans Music Outreach program would be an inspiring, valuable and life changing experience for the students of Newark, just as it was for their own kids.

Upon receiving the donation, The Young Americans immediately reached out to The Newark Public School District to offer this gift and gain their support.   After weeks of discussions and planning, the new Superintendent Cami Anderson and her staff offered their full support of the project.   The district then hand-picked two of their schools they believed would benefit most from The Young Americans’ program.  “We are pleased to announce that Principal JoAnn Gilmore, Sussex Avenue School and Principal Ras Baraka, Central High School, are embracing this opportunity to continue the great work they are doing at their schools,” says James P. Sheeley, Director of Visual & Performing Arts for The Newark Public Schools.

“Study of the Arts is critical to the development of the whole child and the Young Americans program will allow these children a performance opportunity they will remember for a lifetime. The emboldened self-esteem and confidence the participants will experience through this process will serve our students well in all aspects of their education. If this program inspires one student to aspire to a college education it will be a grand success,” adds Sheeley.

The Young Americans touring cast of 46 members, each aged 18 to 24, move from city to city and country to country, staying in homes of hospitable local citizens.  Schools all over the county continue to express amazement for the way these workshops lift spirits, build self-esteem and encourage teamwork in their students.  The Young Americans are proud to serve as role models for young kids all over the world and grateful to share the universal language of music with communities everywhere they go.

Local Workshop Details:

·         November 16th & 17th: Central High School. 250 18th Ave, Newark, New Jersey

  • o   Wednesday: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • o   Thursday: Workshops run all day, beginning at 8:30 am & ending at 4 pm
  • November 18th: Central High School Gym 250 18th Ave. Newark, New Jersey
    • o   Friday: 12:30 pm – 5:00pm.

Performance Details:

  • November 18th: Central High School Auditorium
    • o   Friday: Doors open at 5:30 pm, Show begins at 6:00 pm

Brooke Robinson

About The Young Americans:

The Young Americans is a non-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts and educational company with no political or religious affiliations. The group was founded in 1962 by Milton C. Anderson and is credited with creating the very popular “glee” and “show-choir” concepts in the early 60’s. The Young Americans are the oldest and largest youth music advocacy group in the world whose main focus is to help strengthen music education programs in schools and communities.

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To date, the group has grown into 250 cast members (ages 16-23) and has taken its love of music and performing all over the world with its International Music Outreach Tours.  Last year alone, the group staged over 200 performances in 120 cities, across 11 countries and 4 continents. Through their touring, The Young Americans have taught and influenced more than 390,000 young people in public and private schools. They have performed for Presidents, heads of state, won an Academy Award, been on national TV numerous times and performed for millions of people worldwide.

Our MissionThe Young Americans® were founded almost 50 years ago in Hollywood, CA. For all of these years our purpose has remained the same:To provide our talented Young American student performers (17-23 years of age) with education in music, dance, performance and teaching methods.To use this training, and the good will and optimism of these young people to support music in schools and its inherent benefits through conducting International Music Outreach Workshops in educational facilities of all types throughout the world. The three-day workshops culminate in a 2-hour concert featuring the workshop participants performing alongside The Young Americans. The performance is the end result, with the core of the workshop focused on providing experiences and tools to students that yield individual, personal growth and understanding.The Young Americans consists of 250 members from over 39 states and 8 countries around the world. Among its 3,000+ alumni are professionals in music education, fine arts, motion pictures, television, radio, Broadway and recording. The Young Americans® is a 501(c)(3) corporation. We have no political agenda, no religious affiliation, no shareholders to satisfy. Many of our staff work as volunteers, most are former Young Americans; all are dedicated to the proposition that music and dance, along with the enthusiasm, optimism and good will of our student performers, will make the world a better place.


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The goal of DANCE EXCELLENCE is to support and inspire dance teachers and touch the lives of dancers who travel the globe to connect. Nick Young, a 9-year participant and one of the Top 20 on “So You Think You Can Dance” comments, “Dance Excellence has really opened me up as a dancer and as a person. It gave me the confidence to try out for Season 8 of SYTYCD. Working with dancers from all over the world made it easy to connect with my fellow dancers on the show. I owe it all to Dance Excellence!” DANCE EXCELLENCE is a by invitation only event, however interested studio directors from around the world and the United States can receive information by emailing at More information and videos can be found at



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Americas 1st ShowChoir and Glee Club 50 years as oldest and largest Youth Music Advocacy group in the world. Oscar Winning Performance and Music Advocacy Group Participants Worldwide 404,536 Music Programs Influenced 1,652 International Tours To Date 83
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