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, allison@youthactioncoalition.org
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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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Help Video Vanguards get to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit!

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Online fundraising for YAC Trip to the Allied Media Conference

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Youth Action Coalition Spring Block Party!

The members of Youth Action Coalition’s Arts-for-Change programs have been hard at work creating beautiful art that will be exhibited inside and outside of Rao’s Coffee in Amherst for a celebration of Spring and the end of the program year.

This exhibit will begin with a display of photography from GirlsEyeView Amherst & Ware inside of Rao’s from Wednesday, May 22 to Sunday, June 9.

During the Amherst Art Walk on Thursday, June 6 from 5-7pm Get Up Get Down will unveil the mural they have crafted for the red wall next to Rao’s Café, Video Vanguards members will screen their newest videos at the Bangs Center, and all YAC youth will come together to present their artwork.

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2013 Lights, Camera, Youth Action, Success!

Our 6th Annual “Lights, Camera, Youth Action!” fundraiser on March 24th was
spectacular, thanks to the Apollo Grill & everyone who contributed and joined us for the
event! With over 70 items to auction off, folks went home with some
fantastic gifts. A special shout out to our youth presenters who did a
fantastic job of engaging the audience and sharing their experience with
YAC! All who helped make this event happen did a wonderful job and we
appreciate your support of the YAC community!

Check out  the event and photo booth photos!

2013 LCYA Event Photos

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YAC @ the Apollo Grill

Beautiful work! Wonderful night!

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YAC artwork went up on the walls  of the Apollo Grill this week and was featured during Art Walk Easthampton on Saturday, 3/9/13. A hearty THANK YOU to Casey and Jennifer at the APOLLO GRILL for hosting this exhibition and our upcoming “Lights, Camera, Youth Action!” Showcase/Auction/Celebration/Fundraiser on 3/24/13. See more photos on our Facebook Page!

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Get Up Get Down @ Freedom Trails Gallery

GUGD ShoesCheck out the GUGD installation project that opened at Freedom Trails Gallery Thursday, March 7th celebrating the culmination of this collaborative piece with Get Up Get Down and local artists Alicia Renadette and Angela Zammarelli! The exhibit will be up all month! Visit our blog to learn more.

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