YACPA is not a traditional college experience.
Here's Why!

Cast Member + Student

All YACPA students are cast members of The Young Americans.


All cast members of The Young Americans begin their journey at the College.

The Young Americans

The Young Americans is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1962 with the mission to inspire the world through music.

Five decades later the organization continues to fulfill its mission with performances, outreach tours, and its own college of the performing arts.

The cast members who join are performers from around the world who use their talents to further the mission of The Young Americans.

Cast Member Qualities

Talent and growth potential are necessary and important for all cast members. However, there is more to becoming a Young American than just raw talent. Those looking to audition should also have a strong desire to use their talents as a singer, dancer, actor, or musician to further the mission of The Young Americans.

Each Young American cast member must also have:

  • a strong sense of self-awareness
  • the ability to thrive in a team dynamic and set aside their ego
  • an adaptability across cultural boundaries
  • a consistent work ethic fueled by honesty and integrity
  • a mindset that is open to new experiences
  • a willingness to learn and expand their artistic expression

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts

YACPA is the College division of The Young Americans and plays a critical role in training cast members.

A conservatory-style program, offering an Associate of Arts in Performance Degree, with emphasis options in voice, acting, and dance.

Develops technical proficiency and uses core academic courses to broaden knowledge and develop well-rounded artists.

Student Qualities

The highly practical applications of artistic growth, global awareness, and leadership that are part of the YACPA educational experience help prepare you for any professional career. Our interdisciplinary arts study builds your capacity to think critically, communicate effectively, examine your perceptive lens, and engage in creative problem-solving. 

To receive the full benefit of the programs of study students should be:

  • driven to succeed
  • highly inquisitive
  • emotionally intelligent
  • open to feedback
  • self-disciplined
  • comfortable in a high intensity learning environment

With 5 decades of history to carry forward, each new cast member is making an incredible commitment and accepting an awesome responsibility. It is a life changing experience and it all begins with an audition.