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Young Audiences of Louisiana Announces School Partnerships for Competitive Afterschool Grant

Published: April 26, 2016


The Louisiana Department of Education to Award $18M in 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants

Young Audiences of Louisiana, the leading arts-education organization in the state has announced its four school partners for the upcoming cycle of 21stCentury Community Learning Center grants from the Department of Education. Young Audiences has been awarded this grant four times since 2006.

Young Audiences will partner with four schools throughout Orleans and Jefferson parish to apply for this competitive grant that funds afterschool programs:

West Jefferson High School
2200 8th St
Harvey, LA 70058

Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts
2115 Oakmere Dr.
Harvey, LA 70058

Young Audiences Charter School
1407 Virgil St
Gretna, LA 70053

Morris Jeff Charter School
211 S. Lopez St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

The 1,800 students at Young Audiences 12 current afterschool sites have shown improved test scores, fewer absences, and a significant decrease in disciplinary actions. Over 95% of parents surveyed have expressed their complete satisfaction with the program. Despite this good news, only 13% of K-12 children in Louisiana participate in afterschool programs.

Young Audiences of Louisiana was founded in 1962 with the mission to inspire, empower, and connect children and communities through education, arts, and culture. Over the last 54 years the organization has grown from presenting school performances of chamber music to our current position as the state’s largest provider of arts-integrated and afterschool programs. In 2015 Young Audiences of Louisiana employed over 200 trained teaching artists and educators to provide afterschool programs for over 1,800 students free-of-charge in the Greater New Orleans area.

Copies of the proposal are available for review at the Young Audiences office located at:

3900 General Taylor St., New Orleans, LA 70125

Media Contact: Richard Bates, richard@ya4la.org, (504) 523-3525 x. 4

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