Hello, hello, h-e-l-l-o somebody! Welcome to the ever changing, diverse, colorful and energetic world of Young Performing Artists, Inc ...so affectionately called YPAs (the s is silent).
Our Mission is to identify and address the specialized needs of young (up to 22) performing and visual artists and to provide creative solutions to youth development.
Awards & Trophies received by Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc.:
Our BOD, Dr. Armstrong, receives Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship!
Beverly Steele, our Founder, is a 2015 WEDU TV
Be More Entrepreneurial Finalist. This award will recognize an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the nonprofit community by engaging entrepreneurial skills to build a successful nonprofit endeavor. The awards luncheon will be held at A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, FL 33634, Thursday, February 12, 2015.
Beverly Steele, our Founder, featured as 'Person Of Interest', Lake Sumter Style Magazine, May 2014 issue. Visit: http://www.akersmediagroup.com
Etta Johnson Huff is a Sumter County Leader as the YPAs, Inc. representative. Sumter County Leadership program is sponsored by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce.
Beverly Steele, Our Founder, receives the Sumter County 2011 Community Hero Award hosted by the 2011 Sumter Leadership class and presented by the Sumter County Chamber. Click here, for more information.
Steele, receives the Florida Alliance For Arts Education 2011 Business Leadership award. Click here, for more information.
At the award ceremony luncheon (L-R): Jennifer Coolidge, Ex. Dir., Museum of Florida Art & FAAE President; Frank T. Brogan, Chanellor State University System of Florida, Steele, and other awardees. For more info, Click here.
YPAs, Inc. received a trophy from the Lake County Commission and the Lake County Cultural Affairs Council for continued contributions to "The Arts" and for providing art and cultural activities and awareness to all Lake County citizens, especially the youth.
Goals & objectives
- provide artistic scholarships,
- provide opportunties for young people to access cultural awareness, enhancement, training and education,
- schedule performances, concerts and competitions for young artists and
- provide assistance to launch careers of young artists in the Entertainment and Arts Industries.
Our Signature Sponsor: Sumter, LLC
From our original 69 members, YPAs, Inc. membership has grown to approximately 400+ young artists across the State of Florida. We have enjoyed such corporate sponsorships as Walt Disney World, Marriott Hotels, SunTrust Bank, Johnny River's Steakhouse, McDonald's, SR 44, LLC, T & D Concrete, Inc., Sumter Board of County Commissioners and many other state & local businesses. Since our inception in 1998, we have provided approximately $30,000.00+ in scholarships and $325,000+ in services. We have partnered with such fine entities as the Orange County Public Library, The City of Orlando, The City of Wildwood, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Lake~Sumter Community College, Boys 'N Girls Clubs, Continental Country Club Women Group, Sumter County Historical Society, Sumter County Arts Guild, Royal Library Association, and Public, Chartered & Private Schools. We have received program grants from Florida Departments of: Cultural Affairs, Health and Juvenile Justice. We are thankful for our many volunteers who give their time, talents and financial support.
Make donations via estate planning click here
or make checks payable to:
Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc.
501 (c) (3); Not-for-Profit Corporation
9060 County Road 231
Wildwood, FL 34785
"A Cause to Support: YPAs, Inc. is a contributions, gifts, donations, sponsorships and grants supported corporation. We have been blessed. We are blessed. We are thankful for our accomplishments and in order to continue, expand and build ... we ask for your support. Thank You."