Introducing The Twelve Days of YPT!

Ready to be inspired?  Starting today, in honor of the holiday season, YPT will be counting down The Twelve Days of YPT.  But instead of pipers piping  and partridges in pear trees, for the next twelve days, YPT will be profiling one student per day that we’ve had the honor of working with this year.  These are students of all ages and all backgrounds from all over DC.  All have been engaged with YPT’s work in a variety of ways, and all have shared their stories with us about how YPT has impacted their lives. 

And these students are just a small sampling of the 1,200 students we inspire each year with our innovative playwriting and theater arts workshops.

2011 has been an amazing year. We worked with hundreds of creative, enthusiastic and dedicated students and celebrated numerous successes, including a national award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a bigger-than-ever-before New Play Festival, and special recognition for our resident student ensemble from Josh Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation, WJLA ABC-7 News, WAMU 88.5 and the DC Capital Fringe Festival. 

So, for the next twelve days, we invite you to celebrate with us as we look back on our students and their accomplishments this past year. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a different face of YPT every day.

And if one of our “Twelve Days of YPT” student stories personally inspires you, we encourage you to make a contribution of any size on that day as an investment in that student. Your personalized thank you from YPT will include a photo of that student and a description of how your gift has made an impact on his or her education.

For the “First Day of YPT” we are profiling Amber Faith Walton. Amber has worked with YPT both through the In-School Playwriting Program at Bell Multicultural High School, and as part of our award-winning after-school ensemble, the Young Playwrights’ Workshop.  Her play, Changing Tides: Judge Me Gently, a moving piece about a conversation between a young gay woman and conservative man, was produced in the 2011 New Play Festival (watch Amber speak about her experience in the New Play Festival  here). Amber also contributed to the Workshop’s original play, Out of the Shadow, which took on the issue of bullying from a student perspective. Amber is a creative, articulate and enthusiastic student who brings an incredible amount of passion and creativity to her work at YPT. She recently wrote an insightful piece for our blog about working with international students from Suchitoto, sharing:

“Walking into a room full of voices from a different tongue is intimidating. Or at least it was until this unique experience, when the assumption that we would be divided by that one difference quickly changed … we are all humans, we love theater, and we perform. Being a student and watching a barrier disintegrate was amazing.” To read her full blog post, click here

If Amber’s story inspires you, we encourage you to donate now in her name.  Invest in Amber, and invest in the future of YPT.

And don’t forget, from now until the New Year, your gift will literally double in size and impact, thanks to a generous matching grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

 As always, thank you so much for your support and generosity this past year.  We would not be where we are today with you!

Amber performs in Out of the Shadow

Development and Producing Associate

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