Bring YAYA to Your School

Alumni of the YAYA Guild have been teaching art workshops in schools and at community events through YAYA’s Urban Heroes program since 2003. About 3,000 local students and young adults are immersed in educational artistic experiences through the program each year. YAYA’s customized Urban Heroes workshops combine arts enrichment for students from 28 different schools in Orleans and Jefferson Parish schools with professional development for our artists and leaders-in-training. Urban Heroes “Power-Up” arts instruction serves schools with a pressing need for artistic programming; most Power-Up school partners have no art classes at all. Our Urban Heroes “SOARS” program works with partner school who share YAYA’s vision and investment in the arts as an essential part of core education. YAYA’s weekly instruction in both Power-Up and SOARS schools brings substantive and academically enriching arts education to hundreds of Orleans Parish students who otherwise lack creative outlets.

YAYA Urban Heroes school partners in 2014-15 included:

Samuel A. Green Charter, New Orleans Science and Math Charter, Crescent Leadership Academy, Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School, Warren Easton High School, Arthur Ashé Charter School, Chalmette High School, International School of Louisiana–Jefferson, International School of Louisiana–Orleans, and ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy.

Schedule an Urban Heroes workshop series or beautification project at your school! Contact Senior Director of Programs Timeka Junius for details on specific curricula and scheduling: or 504.529.3306.

If you are YAYA Alumni interested in becoming an Urban Heroes Teaching Artist, please email