Yanique Edmond-Pierre wrote -
In July 2015, the youth of TYA plan to travel to Haiti and connect with other Haitian and Caribbean youth to explore violence prevention and positive change. Through dance, music, and poetry they hope to build meaningful relationships that will give artistic voice to the personal and community trauma experienced by the youth in Haiti.
The goal is to fund the travel for all youth members of TYA. We know this is an ambitious goal but believe it is achievable with support from caring friends, family members, and organizations.
A very admirable youth champion, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool of South Africa, once said that all adults are called to stand in the gap for our vulnerable youth in order to help them dream towards a better future and a better world. As adults we know that dreams are a manifestation of what we ALREADY experienced. As a supporter of Taratibu Youth Association and a youth advocate, I understand that each one of us MUST do all we can to give youth those positive experiences that will fire their dreams.
The Taratibu Youth Association (TYA) is a young people's performing arts company that uses the arts and community service to inspire hope, healing, cultural pride, and positive social change. Since 2007, TYA performers, age 10 - 21, have shared the messages of faith, self-respect, personal responsibility, and resilience with schools, churches, and other community organizations.
The youth are actively engaged in rigorous weekly training in African, ballet, and modern dance, vocals, and theater. They also participate in monthly team building and leadership workshops, health and wellness group sessions, college preparation, and community building activities. All while maintaining a 3.0 and above grade point average.
Every donation to Taratibu Youth Association helps these young performing artists fulfill the dream of connecting with other vulnerable youth in Haiti to share resilient stories of toughness, perseverance, hope and healing.