YCA connects underrepresented young talent
to real world work and support networks that increase inclusion in the creative economy.
Creative career paths are largely inaccessible to marginalized young people.
The arts are historically underfunded in public schools; higher education spaces predominantly emphasize theory over professional preparation while creating debt that students with less generational wealth will ultimately need to earn their way out of.
Unpaid internships, the most common and powerful catalyst for creative career success, are not sustainable for most young people.
The creative industries, which have vastly more and growing pathways to careers than sports, for example, are commonly de-emphasized as a worthwhile pursuit.
Creative industry teams have looked the same for a long, long time. Smart ones know it’s time to start doing things differently.
Graphic design was 93% white in 1991. It’s 73% white today.
Art and design are in-demand skills: Facebook, Google, Amazon grew art+design headcount by 65% in 2017.
Companies that are committed to diversity and inclusion exponentially outperform their competitors.
We can disrupt the broken system that has created barriers to access in the first place.
When we connect creative youth to meaningful work opportunities + support networks, we expand their tool set and capacity to thrive
Through training, supported real-world work experience, and connections to industry leaders, the barriers to access can come down.