Ends on September 15, 2017

Resident Advisors play an integral role in the quality of YoungArts programming and the mentorship of our YoungArts winners. For that reason, YoungArts has developed a selection process designed to identify qualified individuals.

The selection process provides an opportunity to share with us your qualifications for the Resident Advisor position. It takes exceptional people to fulfill the many roles of a Resident Advisor and therefore, we take special care in selecting individuals with potential to develop leadership skills and grow within the YoungArts community.

Currently, YoungArts hires resident advisors for 5 programs: YoungArts Finals Week, YoungArts Los Angeles, YoungArts Miami, YoungArts New York, and Presidential Scholars in the Arts rehearsals and performance.  You may request specific programs but be advised that, with the exception of National YoungArts Week, YoungArts aims to hire locally for regional experiences when possible. Also note that being available for multiple programs increases your chances of placement.


2018 Season Dates (subject to change)

  • YoungArts Finals Week (held in Miami):                January 5-14, 2018
  • YoungArts Miami:                                                   February 18-25, 2018
  • YoungArts Los Angeles:                                         March 22-29, 2018
  • YoungArts New York:                                              April 22-29, 2018
  • Presidential Scholars:                                             June 17 – 26, 2018

NOTE: All program date requirements have additional meeting and winner prep times prior to start.


The Application Process

Completed application packets are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Completed applications must include:

  • Personal Information and Availability
  • Completed Application Questions
  • Bio (150 words or less)
  • A Photo That Best Represents You (will be used in bio packets for winners)



  • You MUST:
    • Be a YoungArts Alumni (all award levels may apply).
    • Be at least 21 years old at the time of program.
    • Be able to arrive/depart the program on the dates outlined on the contract once hired. 
    • Have a personal working cell phone for business during contracted period.
    • Be willing to share a room with another RA during programming dates for YoungArts to cover housing.
    • Be in the United States at the time of travel to the program – YoungArts is not able to accommodate international travel due to limited training and prep time or provide additional housing outside of program dates.
  • Preferred:
    • Local hires for regional programs when possible
      • YoungArts has a limited travel budget and will hire out of town RAs for each program, but there must be a balance with local hires.
    • Alumni 25 years and older with experience beyond college receive priority consideration


Previous Applicant/Advisor Statement

There are a limited number of advisor positions available for each program. You are encouraged to apply to be a resident advisor each year you have availability to join the team for a program. Being hired previously or having a conversation with a staff member does not guarantee you a spot for the current year of programming. All interested alumni must submit a new application for consideration during the current program year.



A resident advisor position cannot easily be translated into hours worked per day because of the unique nature of responsibilities and circumstances. The position requires a flexibility and good understanding of the unpredictable nature of the actual time involved.  Resident Advisors receive a base stipend as well as all meals during the program, and any housing/travel required by the program.

Base Stipends

  • YoungArts Week:      $ 1700
  • YoungArts LA:           $ 1250
  • YoungArts MIA:         $ 1250
  • YoungArts NYC:         $ 1250
  • YA @ PSA:                  $ 1000

If you have any questions, please contact RA@youngarts.org
Ends on September 5, 2017
For the past two years, we have been designing an Alumni Journal for the Backyard Ball--our yearly gala and fundraiser--as a giveaway. This piece is meant to be representative of the magic that is YoungArts, the artists' process and the human condition. Anything that has filled your notebooks--doodles, poems, artwork, photography, lists and tidbits of wisdom--is game and we are so excited to see what you submit this year. 

Click here to take a look at one of our past journals so you can get your creative juices flowing.

 So what are some items you can submit?:

  • Poems, rants or streams of consciousness
  • Images of work that has already been created
  • Sketches that haven’t yet been completed
  • Lists you’ve made that pertain to your discipline (a reading list, favorite Off-Broadway plays/musicals, etc.)
  • Doodles that have turned into a work of art
  • Choreography notes
  • A portion of a handwritten score
  • Anything else you can come up with!


Please note that we can’t promise to include all submissions but we will do our best. High resolution images are preferred. The deadline for all submissions is Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11:59 EST.


Ends on September 1, 2017

Calling ALL YoungArts Alumni!

We’re now accepting submissions for our favorite annual accessory: The YoungArts T-Shirt! Except -- this year, we’re making it easy for anyone to submit an idea. If you’ve ever imagined the perfect YoungArts t-shirt, this opportunity is for you. Whether you have zero experience in design or you’re one of our fabulous design winners, all you have to do is submit your awesome idea for the 2018 YoungArts t-shirt, and we’ll work with you to make it happen.  

The only requirements for your design are:

  • You must find a way to incorporate all ten disciplines, listed below. This can be done in any way you’d like (i.e. visually, written, etc.).
    • Cinematic Arts
    • Classical Music
    • Dance
    • Design
    • Jazz
    • Photography
    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
    • Voice
    • Writing
  • The word “YoungArts” must be somewhere on the t-shirt, so feel free to incorporate it in your design or leave room for it somewhere special


The deadline to submit is Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:59 EST.

For additional questions, email alumni@youngarts.org.

Ends on September 15, 2017

In 2017-18, YoungArts is partnering with CalArts and their Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program to provide guest teaching artists for select out-of-school programs in Los Angeles. CalArts CAP programs provide free, intensive arts learning for under-served students across LA County during the academic school year and summer term. This new YoungArts initiative is aimed at providing alumni with professional development opportunities that allow them to give back to the community.

Selected alumni will present one class as part of the programs listed in the link below, working in conjunction with the program lead teacher. As a guest teacher for one of the CalArts CAP sessions, you will be asked to give a brief summary of your background, showcase some of your current work, and encourage the students to apply to YoungArts. The primary goal of the classes are to have the students engage with you, each other, and enjoy the act of making art. Each class is generally 2-3 hours and will focus on creating and completing a creative project within the class time frame. Selected alumni will also receive an honorarium for their time and funds for class materials (if needed).

Learn more about the CalArts CAP programs and available classes/disciplines here.

Interested alumni should submit:

  • An idea/proposal for the creative project you’d like to do with the students (discipline specific). A basic description will suffice. 
  • A cost projection for needed materials (if necessary).
  • Arts related teaching experience and/or mentorship work with high school age students (in or out of a classroom setting). Training may be provided for those who need it.

Fall guest teaching classes will most likely be scheduled in late October; Spring classes in late March. Specific dates will be worked out with the CalArts CAP faculty.

The deadline to submit is September 15, 2017 11:59 EST.

Ends on August 16, 2017
It's that time of year again! With applications open and budding young artists slowly becoming aware of this little (wonderful) thing called YoungArts, there's no better time to stock up on (and wear) your beloved YoungArts swag. Since last year's shirt was such a success, we're ordering a new batch and we want to send one to those of you who didn't get one last year (looking at you, newbies)! Already have one? Never fear, we'll send you a special YoungArts surprise instead.