YAA! Partners!

YAA! has strong organizational support with:


The University of Michigan’s Prison Creative Arts Project in Ann Arbor Michigan. The Prison Creative Arts Project’s mission is to collaborate with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen their community through creative expression. They believe that everyone has the capacity to create art. Art is necessary for individual and societal growth, connection and survival. It should be accessible to everyone. The values that guide their process are respect, collaboration in which vulnerability, risk, and improvisation lead to discovery and resilience, persistence, patience, love and laughter. They’re joined with others in the struggle for social justice, and make possible spaces in and from which the voices and visions of the incarcerated can be expressed. Find out more about the Prison Creative Arts Project HERE!


Pongo Publishing (The Pongo Teen Writing Project) teaches and mentors personal poetry by distressed teens, especially those who have a hard time expressing themselves. To accomplish their goals, they run writing projects inside juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, psychiatric hospitals, and other sites. The consistent theme in their authors’ poetry is childhood trauma, such as abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. Their primary pur­pose is to help their authors understand their feelings, build self-esteem, and take better con­trol of their lives. Find out more about PONGO Teen Writing HERE! 

tbwlogo2The Beat Within’s mission is to provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community. Outside of the juvenile justice system, The Beat Within partners with community organizations and individuals to bring resources to youth both inside and outside of detention. We are committed to being an effective bridge between youth who are locked up and the community that aims to support their progress towards a healthy, non-violent, and productive life. Find out more about The Beat Within HERE!


GameStart is building a curriculum to teach 1st- 8th grade students programming, digital art and game design. Through gameplay they inspire interest in art, math, science, and programming. They create an environment where cutting edge technologies are accessible. They educate by giving learners the tools to explore their interests. GameStart’s curriculum leverages familiarity with well known games, like Minecraft, to make learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills relevant. They find that their project-based teaching methods create an environment that results in collaboration and creativity. Find out more about GameStart HERE!