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A Message from the YADA owners:
Our mission for the past 23 years has been to give children a voice, and to help them grow that voice as they gain confidence both on and off the stage. It is important to YADA that every child be able to experience the magic of theatre, and YADA is honored to be able to provide over $150,000 annually in scholarships to children who may not be able to afford a theatre program.
Our program relies on the support of our amazing families, and we are so lucky to have created unbreakable bonds over the years. When challenges such as these current events have faced our community, we have always felt a responsibility to be there for our families however we can. For some, that means allowing them to take a session off so they can focus on their own families & businesses right now. For others, that means providing an online platform for their kids to connect with their peers and teachers and have a blast learning musical theatre. And for all, it means keeping YADA as a business afloat so that we are able to continue being there for our families on the other side of this trying time.
We absolutely understand the challenges that our families are facing right now, whether financial, health, or finding a work/schooling/caretaking balance. It means the world to us that we have been getting such positive feedback from families who are so thankful for giving their children a connection and safe space to be themselves and find their showtune happiness. Even the Mayor of our great city of Los Angeles has thanked us for everything we are doing during this time. We don’t take a single word of it for granted, and we are determined to continue doing everything we can to inspire, challenge, comfort, and nurture the wonderful little souls that our families have placed in our hands.
While we prefer to only share our successes and good news, there are, of course, behind the scenes elements that we don’t share. As a small business, we are trying to do everything we can to ensure that we can continue to be there for all of our families for years to come, just as we have been there for 23 years, and you have been there for us. Although the current reality is full of uncertainty, one thing that is stronger than ever is our sense of community, and the knowledge that we are all in this together.
We are also proud that during this time we have committed to keeping our amazing teachers & staff employed as much as we can, so that they can continue to be there for our YADA kids, and YADA can be there for them. Now, more than ever, it is essential that we all have each other's backs, and support each other in whichever ways we can.
As you face your own personal situation, we hope that, if you are able, you will consider helping us continue to bring the magic of the theatre into the lives of our incredible kids. Please stay safe and be well.
Lani Shipman & Kimberly Harrigan