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Young Leaders

Young Leaders Series

About Us

92Y’s Young Leaders Series is a curriculum-based, event subscription series for schools across the country. The Series connects students in grades 3-12 with leading figures in Entertainment and the Arts, Politics and Public Policy, Science and Medicine, and History and Religion who appear on 92Y’s (virtual) stage as part of our public programming. The Series draws on 92Y’s long history of connecting students with the talent presented on our stages, and advances our commitment to education outreach and universal access.

The Young Leaders Series is produced through 92Y’s Center for Arts Learning & Leadership (CALL), which creates arts education and career readiness programs for thousands of New York City students and teachers each year. Learn more about CALL below.

Mission Staff & Faculty

Mission

For 146 years, 92nd Street Y has brought people together through groundbreaking programs in the performing and visual arts, literature and culture, adult and children’s education, talks on a wide range of topics, health and fitness, and Jewish life.

92Y’s Center for Arts Learning & Leadership (CALL) embodies 92Y’s commitment to the Jewish values of lifelong learning and improving the world for everyone.

What We Do

Through CALL, 92Y works together consistently with the diverse communities of New York City to offer comprehensive arts in education and career readiness initiatives for students in all five boroughs. We connect our city’s young people to celebrated writers, musicians, dancers and visual artists from around the world through dynamic school-based residencies; performances at our historic cultural center; and apprenticeship programs for youth pursuing careers in the creative industries.

We invest in young talent from groups historically underrepresented in upper-level leadership positions at cultural organizations, helping them to pursue their passion for the arts and establish their own professional networks. We connect cultural organizations citywide by organizing an annual Teen Arts Week, which creates free opportunities for thousands of teens to experience and, over time, impact arts programming at venues across the boroughs while discovering pathways to careers in the arts.

How We Do It

We believe that access to high-quality arts is a right, not a privilege. We know through experience that children and youth amplify their intellectual, social and emotional capacities by engaging in the arts. By enabling young people to observe, create, critique and explore the issues embedded in various art forms and forums, we have discovered ways to prepare our young people of New York to participate fully in determining the future of their world.

The Change We Seek to Create

Above all, we strive to help young people develop an appreciation of others’ lived experiences and perspectives. When young people are empowered to participate in determining the future of our world with this enriched experience and wisdom, they will be better able to find the places where their leadership is both most meaningful to them and most beneficial to society at large.

Diversity Statement

Inherent to 92Y is a deep and undivided esteem for diversity in all its forms, as embraced in our Mission:

Founded 145 years ago to serve the Jewish people, 92nd Street Y promotes individual and family development and participation in civic life within the context of Jewish values and American pluralism. As a nonprofit community and cultural center, 92nd Street Y seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental health of human beings throughout their lives, their educational and spiritual growth and their enjoyment. 92nd Street Y serves people of diverse racial, religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds, seeking partnerships that leaven our programs and broaden our influence.

In keeping with this Mission, CALL values, promotes, exemplifies and provides for diversity and inclusion in all their forms because diversity enriches our understanding of each other and our world. CALL collaborates, programs and co-creates experiences manifesting inclusion and diversity in myriad ways:

  • Staff & Teaching Artists not only come from various backgrounds and identities (gender, race, culture, language, immigration and economic background, etc.), but reflect the identities of the children they teach in our public schools across the five boroughs, and possess deep and valuable classroom and artistic experience and mastery.
  • Building Leadership: Through mutual respect, teaching and sharing, autonomy and agency grow and thrive. We draw on the immense talent of children and young adults at public schools across NYC, nurturing them to grow and then take on leadership roles at 92Y as well as in the arts and arts administration, diversifying the pipeline and representation.
  • Inclusivity: Kids, teachers and communities of all ages, backgrounds, statuses and abilities across culture, immigration status, gender and many other identities co-create and learn together. We then take action to ensure that our youth influence and shape our programs and approaches.
  • Global, multi-perspective: We share cultures from around the world through exceptional art.
  • Integrated & Interdisciplinary: Original curricula across the performing and visual arts forefront multiple points of entry for all learning styles, sensory needs, and perspectives, and are aligned with other subjects of study.
  • Recursive Methods: We teach and learn together in repeated, sustained practice of call and response that builds on and amplifies everyone’s contributions.

The central CALL team, our Visiting Artists, and featured presenters exemplify our core values of diversity and inclusion—which expand the knowledge, wisdom, creativity, skills, stories, methods, and so much more, that each of us brings to the studio, classroom and performance space to enrich our world.

Pedagogy

CALL believes that learning should be hands-on, inquiry-based and fun. We believe in a developmental approach that builds on students’ inherent strengths and interests at different stages of their growth and development. In all our programs, we strive to help students develop higher-level thinking skills as they engage with exhilarating works of art and inspiring artists from around the world. We aim to help children grasp ideas in a transferable way, taking what they learn in class and applying it across domains. Our first principles of good teaching include engaging students’ prior knowledge, being who we are as artists in our teaching, and encouraging classroom teachers to bring their own background and expertise to the work at hand.

Explore the series

Why choose Young Leaders?

  • Economize without compromise — More impressive talent engaging with your students than ever before, at an affordable price
  • Flexibility — Choose between live events and exclusive meetings with the teaching artist, or access on-demand video at a time that suits you and your class
  • Curriculum — Our original Resource Guides for Classroom Teachers help teachers lead their students through Standards-based lessons in language arts, performing and visual arts, social studies, history and science, with tools for assessing student learning

What are the program components?

Participating classrooms receive:
  • Virtual field trips to meet with leading figures in the arts and humanities
  • Curriculum materials including video lessons, exclusive access to performances & talks with the featured presenters, and classroom teacher guides with lesson plans and resources to introduce students to the featured presenters and the works under study
  • Live, virtual lessons with a 92Y Teaching Artist that invite students to reflect on and discuss the topics explored during their virtual field trips
  • The opportunity for student work to be published on the Young Leaders Series site

Before each event, classroom teachers are invited to participate in a virtual, preparation session with 92Y staff to review the program details and explore the educational resources provided by 92Y.

How does it work?

Schools are invited to register for event packages featuring leading figures in a range of humanities areas who will be appearing or who have recently appeared on 92Y’s (virtual) stage as part of our public programming. Schools can select from two package options per event. For example, principals interested in registering their high school classrooms for the Zadie Smith event package can choose from two different package options. Please see the Package Options section for detailed information on what each package contains.

Event packages and their attendant curriculum materials are organized by age group: Elementary (grades 3-5); Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (9-12). Events are offered across the following disciplines:

  • Entertainment and the Arts (music, dance, literature, visual arts)
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Science and Medicine
  • History and Religion

Schools are invited to choose events taking place in one discipline or across disciplines in a given semester. Our flexible, à la carte model invites principals and educators to pick and choose event packages for different classrooms and grades across their schools. There is no event minimum.

For more information, visit the FAQ section or sign up for a free info session with 92Y staff.

What are the student-centered objectives of the series?

Through participation in the Series, students will be able to…
  • Engage in civic dialogue and discussion on a range of important topics with leading figures in politics and public policy, science and medicine, history and religion, entertainment and the arts — as well as with their peers from across the country.
  • Discover their own artistic and intellectual passions through study of the content and concepts explored by the featured presenters
  • Produce original works — poetry, essays, choreography, music compositions — inspired by the virtual programs they attend / artists they engage with and which will be published on 92Y’s website
  • Observe, create, critique and explore the issues embedded in various art forms and forums - to prepare to participate fully in determining the future of their world

Package options

  • Package #1: $135 per class*
    • Suite of educational resources, including video lessons; exclusive access to performances & talks with the featured presenters from 92Y’s on-demand archive; and resource guides for classroom teachers — with lesson plans and activities — to introduce students to the featured presenter and the work under study.
    • Live virtual meeting with the featured presenter, exclusively for participating classrooms. This is an opportunity for students to ask the presenter questions about their life and work, and to engage in discussion with peers from other schools.
    • The opportunity for student work to be published on the Young Leaders Series site.
  • Package #2: $295 per class*

    All of package 1 plus:

    • 2 live, virtual lessons led by a 92Y teaching artist for the participating school. All enrolled classes attend the session at the same time. 92Y staff will coordinate a day and time with each school. A recording will be made available for students unable to attend.

*Maximum number of students per class is 35. For package 2, schools must enroll a minimum of 2 classes per grade. If your school or district needs financial support in order to participate in the Young Leaders Series, please email us with your name, title, school, and a brief description of your circumstances. We will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Questions? Sign up for a free info session today!

Elementary School

Grades 3-5

Fall 2020 Featured Presenters

  • Dorrance Dance

    Dorrance Dance

    on the legacy of tap dance

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    Christian McBride

    on Jazz: a uniquely American art form

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    Jess Keating

    on getting in touch with your inner scientist

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Middle School

Grades 6-8

Fall 2020 Featured Presenters

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    Sharon Isbin

    on classical guitar

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  • Anthony McGill

    Anthony McGill

    on performing chamber music

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    The Knights

    on re-envisioning the orchestra

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    Amanda Litman

    on the tools you need to make societal change

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    David Mitchell

    on getting your start as a creative writer

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    Casey Gerald

    on social inequality in America

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    Paquito D’Rivera

    on Latin Jazz

    More info

High School

Grades 9-12

Fall 2020 Featured Presenters

  • Roxane Gay

    Roxane Gay

    celebrates Audre Lorde

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    The Knights

    on re-envisioning the orchestra

    More info
  • Anthony McGill

    Anthony McGill

    on performing chamber music

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    Claudia Rankine

    on communicating across the racial divide in America

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    Zadie Smith

    on life in quarantine

    More info
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    Paquito D’Rivera

    on Latin Jazz

    More info
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    Sharon Isbin

    on classical guitar

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    Shamel Pitts / TRIBE

    on choreography and improvisation

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    Casey Gerald

    on social inequality in America

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    Amanda Litman

    on the tools you need to make societal change

    More info

FAQ

What are the components of Event Package #1? What are the components of Event Package #2?

For all of our Fall 2020 Young Leaders Series offerings, schools have the option of choosing from two event packages.

In package #1, each classroom receives:

  • Resource Guide for classroom teachers, to introduce students to the featured presenter and the work under study.
  • 1 pre-recorded video lesson by an expert in the field: to prepare students for their viewing of the 92Y event and their meeting with the featured presenter.
  • Access to the event with the featured presenter—via livestream from 92Y’s virtual stage or via on-demand video from our archive If classes are unable to tune in to the live-stream, a video recording of the event will be provided.
  • Live virtual meeting with the featured presenter, exclusively for participating classrooms. This is an opportunity for students to ask the featured presenter questions and learn more about the featured presenter and their work.
  • The opportunity for student work to be published on the Young Leaders Series site.

In package #2, each classroom receives all of package #1, plus:

  • 2 live, virtual lessons led by a 92Y Teaching Artist for the participating school. All enrolled classes attend the session at the same time. 92Y staff will coordinate a day and time with each school. A recording will be made available for students unable to attend.

Can I register my class(es) for more than one event package?

Yes. You can register your class(es) for more than one event package. Schools should only register their classes for event packages that correspond to the appropriate grade level(s).

Can I register multiple classes for one event package?

Yes. Schools can register multiple classes for the same event package. Each school can also register multiple grade levels for the same event package. For example, you can register two grade 7 classes and two grade 8 classes for the same event in the middle school subscription series.

I see that registration is done per class. What is the maximum number of students per class that I can register?

The maximum number of students that can register per class is 35.

Is there a minimum or maximum enrollment per event package?

For Package #2, schools are required to register a minimum of two classes (or 70 students). There is no maximum enrollment per event package. However, events may reach capacity and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Does my school receive a discount if we enroll multiple classes?

Yes. If your school registers two or more classes for any one event package by August 24, 2020, you will receive a 10% discount. Discounts do not apply across event packages. For example, if you register one class for the Dorrance Dance event package and one class for the Jess Keating event package, you will not receive a discount. Two or more classes must register for the same event to receive the discount.

Can I register each grade for a different event package? For example, could I register grade 3 for the Dorrance Dance package and grade 5 for the Jess Keating package?

Yes. You can register each grade or class for a different event package. A 10% discount is provided to schools that register two or more classes by August 14, 2020.

Is there a deadline to register for each event?

Enrollment closes three weeks prior to each live virtual meeting with the featured presenter. We encourage you to register your classes early, as enrollment is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is the difference between package 1 and package 2?

Package #2 includes two live virtual sessions with a 92Y teaching artist for participating classrooms at your schools. Your students will also have the opportunity to publish their work on the 92Y Young Leaders Series website.

With package 2, does each class receive an individual session with the 92Y teaching artist, or do all registered classes attend the same live session?

With package 2, each registered class receives 1 pre-recorded video lesson featuring a 92Y teaching artist, as well as 2 live virtual sessions with a 92Y teaching artist (one pre-event lesson, and post-event lesson following students’ Zoom meeting with the featured presenter). The live teaching sessions will be tailored to the individual school. All registered classes at the school are expected to tune in at the same time over Zoom. If a class or select students are unable to join, they will have access to a recording of the session. 92Y staff will work with each school to coordinate the live sessions.

If I opt for package 2, what will the live sessions entail? Will the 92Y teaching artist help students generate work for the website or is that the responsibility of the participating classroom teacher(s)?

During the live sessions, students will learn directly from an expert in the field about the content and concepts under study. Lesson plans will be designed around the 92Y event and featured presenter. Following the sessions, students will have the opportunity to submit their work to be published on 92Y’s Young Leaders Series website.

How will I access the video lessons and resource guides?

Resource guides and video lessons will be shared with schools at least 2-3 weeks prior to each event via a private link. All video links and resources will be made available to participating classrooms through a private link.

Are classroom teachers responsible for utilizing the resource guide and other educational resources provided by 92Y to prepare their students for the experiences they will have through the Young Leaders Series?

Yes. Classroom teachers are expected to utilize the resource guide and other resources provided by 92Y (e.g. the pre-recorded video lesson) to introduce their students to key content and concepts that will be explored during the live sessions with a 92Y teaching artist (for classrooms registered for package 2), as well as the virtual meeting with the featured presenter.

Will 92Y host a virtual session to introduce participating classroom teachers to the Young Leaders Series, the educational resources provided, and expectations for participating classrooms?

Before each event, classroom teachers are invited to participate in a virtual, preparation session with 92Y staff to review the program components and explore the educational resources provided by 92Y. This will be an opportunity for classroom teachers to explore--with fellow participating teachers from across the country--the featured presenters, works under study, and different approaches to integrating the Series into their core curricula.

Will families have access to the virtual event?

Yes. Schools are encouraged to share access to the virtual event with the families of registered students.

How long is the virtual meeting with the featured presenter?

Virtual meetings with the featured presenters will last approximately 45 minutes.

Will my students have the opportunity to ask the presenting talent questions?

Yes! Classroom teachers will have the opportunity to submit student questions in advance of the Q&A, to be asked live over Zoom by the student. All participating students will have access to the chat function on Zoom to submit their questions live. The moderator will monitor the chat and select questions from students.

If our school allows visitors, can we have a 92Y teaching artist come to our classroom?

If your school is based in the NYC area, we may be able to arrange a visit by a 92Y teaching artist.

Have additional questions? Email us.

Testimonials

Knowing that we have your program at our school encourages us to continue our mantra of "arts are essential in the life of all children". As our children explore and are exposed to other sounds, instruments, music, and the nuances of other cultures, they are also given the gift of understanding, appreciating and respecting others. Your program empowers them to be accepting, caring, compassionate.”

Olga Iris Guzmán, Principal of PS 228 Queens

Dorrance Dance was so unbelievably talented, articulate, and genuine. I feel honored that my school was able to participate in this experience.”

Olivia Howard, Dance Teacher at PS 153 Brooklyn

The professional quality of the arts programming our students receive, and the joyful yet tireless effort our 92Y teaching artist puts into delivering it, cannot be matched or easily summarized. Even during remote learning, our teaching artist continued to provide meaningful projects and instruction for kids to do at home. When I ask my students what they are most excited for next year, clay comes out at the top of the list.”

Florence Gidez, Arts Specialist, River East Elementary

[92Y’s educational videos are] absolutely incredible. Riveting material, which glued me to my screen with wonderment for the entire 18 minutes and 40 seconds. The video managed to capture all the different aspects of good teaching, such as reviewing previously taught materials and introducing new vocabulary. It included a key component of engagement - familiarity.... There was even a read-aloud and a bit of history and geography, culminating with darn good music. Incredible. Thank you. Send more.”

Greta Hawkins, Principal, PS 90 Brooklyn

92Y is steadfast in its commitment to helping students discover their artistic and intellectual passions as they learn about the world they live in through joyful experiences with the arts. I have seen this commitment in action through my work with 92Y over the past 3 years. Our school has partnered with the 92Y for dance, music and digital design programs. Through the teaching artists’ work with our students, I have seen students make deeper connections to the curriculum, show courage and perseverance in trying new things, and generally have a part of their day that they look forward to and enjoy. The joy of watching first graders take what they have learned from working with a teaching artist who is an expert in her field, paired with the experience of attending a dance performance at a world-class institution and then performing their own dances and treated like their artistic decisions are just as important, just as powerful as the professional group they saw on stage is an experience that cannot be taken away.”

Stacie Lorraine, Assistant Principal, Yorkville Community School

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