Lights, Camera, Youth Action! A wonderful Sunday afternoon..

On Sunday, March 23, over 200 people gathered in the UMass Student Union Ballroom to celebrate and support Youth Action Coalition.

1900653_10152154147454842_1353776453_oYAC youth led the way with meaningful presentations and artwork exhibited around the room. Through the silent auction, photo sales, and generous gifts from attendee’s, we raised funds to support the four Arts-for-Change programs. Thank you to all of the LCYA donor’s and everyone who contributed to the success of the event! You can view more photo’s on our Facebook page.


Here’s what folks said about LCYA and YAC:

“I was inspired by the presentations and the passion for this organization. I love what they do and only wish it was bigger! The youth of today need YAC!”

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SAVE THE DATE: 3/23/14


Our 7th Annual Fundraising Celebration..

Lights, Camera, Youth Action!

Sunday, March 23, 3-5pm
Student Union Ballroom
UMass Amherst

“It is a pleasure of mine to gather a variety of artistic people at an event supporting youth and social justice empowerment. This is our 20th year, and I’m hopeful that this celebration will be the best one yet!” – Ted Johnston, Youth Co-Chair, Video Vanguards Peer Leader

“I hope everyone who believes in the power and potential of young people to change the world will come to LCYA in the spirit of giving. Be prepared to be inspired and heart-filled upon leaving the event.” – Vira Douangmany, Adult Co-Chair

Youth and Adult Board Members are co-hosting tables and organizing this event – Let us know if you want us to save you a seat!
RSVP to by March 14

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YAC Unity Open Mic was a magical evening!

1896872_10152050513044842_1401491206_nOn Friday, January 31 we had our YAC Unity Open Mic in Amherst and celebrated creativity, community and talent! With over 40 people in attendance we moved through the evening with poetry, prose, and song. Thanks to all who came and made this a magical evening!





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“In Our Time” Winter Exhibit Dec. 19 – Jan. 6

Come out to Workshop 13 in Ware, MA to see our Winter exhibit, In Our Time!

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Workshop 13
13 Church St. Ware, MA, 413.949.6937

Work by our 4 Arts-for-Change programs:

GirlsEyeView in Amherst & Ware, Video Vanguards, and aWARE Arts Collective

Art work for sale!

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in our time frontin our time awarein our time canvas

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Mark Your Calendars! Valley Gives Day is December 12, 2013!

16137_208513964841_1353818_nOn 12.12.13, our community will come together for Valley Gives, and we need YOU to join us.event-logo

Valley Gives is the Pioneer Valley’s second annual regional giving day, where supporters will go online and make donations to support hundreds of nonprofits like ours that serve the community in so many different ways.

Please help us increase awareness of the continuing community need and raise funds for Youth Action Coalition.

To maximize our organization’s success on Valley Gives Day, we need you to help us with these four things:

1) Mark 12.12.13 on your calendar and bookmark our Valley Gives page.

2) Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive Valley Gives  updates and reminders.

3) Follow us on Facebook and help build excitement for Valley Gives by sharing our posts.

4) Help spread the word! Forward this information to your family and friends along with a personal note as to why you believe in our work, and why they should give on 12.12.13.

Let’s make it a great day of giving for Youth Action Coalition and for our community!

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YAC at the GLSEN Conference of Western Mass

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During this first GLSEN Conference of Western Mass in Fall 2013, members of YAC led & participated in hands-on and informative workshops, spoke on the Action Panel, and met other youth and educators advocating for diversity education and acceptance, empowering communities and creating safer schools.GLSEN ted panel

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YAC Unity with 2050 Legacy!

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Unity sittingLast Friday, October 18, was the first YAC Unity event of this program year and it was a great success! 2050 Legacy, back for another performance workshop, led us through an evening of many art forms. After mingling and engaging in various theatre icebreaker activities, we split up into two groups to explore creative poetry writing and energetic step dancing.

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They brought us back together for an exciting performance combining the two mediums; the poets recited their writings along this years YAC theme “In Our Time,” and the step crew respectively stepped as a beginning, transition, and conclusion to the readings. Visit our Facebook for more photos!


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YAC programs are off to a wonderful start!

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Our first couple weeks of programming have been lovely and fun-filled beginnings! Groups have already started to build community and construct beautiful pieces of art; groups have engaged in and created community guidelines and values, team-building activities, book and collage making, camera and darkroom exploration, and nature art to name a few.

There is still room in our programs for any interested youth. Visit our program page for information on program meeting times and locations. Like us on Facebook for more program updates and event information.

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Fall News!

Fall 2013 Programming

SAM_0735 smallerWe are excited to announce the schedule for our fall 2013 programming in Amherst and Ware! This fall we will be piloting a new program in Ware (see below).

Ware programs will begin the week of September 23. Amherst programs will begin the week of September 30.


  • GirlsEyeView (GEV Am) provides a supportive and creative space for girls to express themselves through photography and creative writing, with a focus on black and white manual photography. Youth explore the complex issues of growing up female and incorporate these ideas into their artwork. Mon/Wed 2:30-5pm at ARHS Photo Room. 1st meeting date is Sept. 30
  • Video Vanguards (VV) integrates youth leadership, video production and social justice education towards the creation of video pieces that address issues that are overlooked by the mainstream media. Tue/Thur 3:30-5:30pm at Amherst Media. 1st meeting date is Oct. 1


  • GirlsEyeView (GEV W) is similar to GEV Am but with a focuz on digital photography. Mon/Wed 2:30-4:30pm at Ware Jr/Sr HS. 1st meeting date is Sept. 23
  • aWARE Arts Collective (AWARE) is a new pilot program that will give young people the opportunity to work in a variety of art mediums to gain new skills, explore the intersections of creativity and social justice, and build community engagement and pride. The program will entail creating a series of individual and group projects that culminate with a collaborative community public art event. Tue/Thur 2:30-4:30pm at Ware Jr/Sr HS. 1st meeting date is Sept. 24

Internship Opportunities

We are recruiting interns for our programs in Amherst and Ware! If you (or someone you know) has an interest in working with youth in a creative, supportive, social justice focused environment, then click here to read more and apply for one of these positions.

YAC Board Annual Meet & Greet

Traditionally we kick things off each year with a “potluck meet and greet.” The annual meeting brings current members and potential members — those interested in finding out about YAC — together over food and conversation. Please join us Monday, Sept. 9th from 5:30 till 8:00 pm. in the Community Room of Butternut Apartments located at 12 Longmeadow Drive in South Amherst

Questions?? Contact Allison,
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Eat Out for Art! Fundraiser at the Amherst Pub!

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The Amherst Pub
Tue, June 25, 4-9:30pm
15 E. Pleasant St

Come out to the Pub for dinner or a drink and you can help support YAC! 15% of your bill will go to YAC! It’s that easy! Beverages included.

*You must mention YAC to your server!!

Invite your friends and family! And spread the word!

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