Youth Art Apprentice Program (YAP) is an arts and cultural
careers program for high school students ages 14 and
up. The program gives teens from local high schools a first
hand look at the working life of cultural institutions
such as the Speed and other arts organizations through
dialogue and discussion with professional arts staff.
This exposure offers valuable mentoring experience and
builds confidence and job skills for future careers
and arts support. The YAP program is comprised of 12-14
teens who are selected based on applications and interviews
program features a YAP designed community outreach project
developed input from local artists and museum educators.
Students receive peer to peer training at the Speed
and they are also employed by the Museum as program
assistants and as community outreach presenters in the
summer. The project brings teens into contact with arts
and cultural career professionals in their community
and to build networks of support that nourish their
minds and self efficacy, showing teens the transformative
power and possibilities of art and culture.
additional information about YAP program contact Greg
Penner at education@
Yes Yap!, by John Vance From The Speed Member
Magazine, Spring 2010.