New Kids 2020 - An Update from the President

I hope this finds you and your family safe and well. I also wish to thank you for your patience as we have worked to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Like much of the world, Covid-19 has brought The Young Americans to almost a standstill. Protecting the health and safety or our cast members, staff and faculty, and those who welcome us into their schools and homes is our top priority. We have canceled all summer projects through August and have concerns about what the fall might look like for all of our touring programs.

Sadly, with so much uncertainty, The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts has concluded that we cannot admit a freshman class in the fall of 2020. It is important to us that our students receive the experience they expect when making their enrollment decisions. We do not see a way at this time to be able to fulfill those expectations while maintaining the social distancing guidelines that would ensure your health and safety. We would rather wait so that your experience with The Young Americans is of the quality—and safety— that you expect and deserve.

We will be offering a virtual performing arts program that you can engage in while you wait to begin your full Young Americans journey. This program will consist of an engaging series of performing arts activities including dance techniques and conditioning, vocal techniques, acting concepts, and more. The program will connect you through a virtual platform with like-minded singers, dancers, and actors, to explore your creativity and to find a sense of community amid the isolation that Covid-19 has created. Those who complete the program will be able to apply for experiential credit and have this program participation count towards degree-required courses once we reopen enrollment for new students. Your enrollment deposit can be applied towards your participation in this program, or you can request a refund. If you have paid your housing deposit, we will be refunding those next week. You will receive an additional email from Mike Krauss with the details needed in this regard as well as further information on your admissions process.

We will also be providing you with a list of courses you may want to consider taking online at a local community college during this waiting period. These are required courses for the AA program, but taking them now will allow you to focus on the performing arts courses once you arrive on campus.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

This decision is heartbreaking for the entire Young Americans community. I wish we were not at these crossroads, but it is important that we provide you with as much clarity so that you can adjust your own plans.

Wishing you and your family all the best and hope that we get to sing and dance with you in the future.

Katiina Dull