Learn more about how you can help support our programs
Show your support by becoming a member of YEAH! for the 2016 season.
Help us in our mission to empower youth to become creative, productive, and confident members of our community through artistic education, collaboration, and expression.
Friends of YEAH! $25
We'll send you a few of our favorite buttons, or a cool patch!
Fan Club $50
We'll send you a few of our favorite buttons, a patch, a limited edition, members-only T-Shirt and put your name on our site along with our other supporters for the 2016 year!
With the Band $100
Same as the fanclub, but you'll get special recognition and callout at our annual event!
Rock Star $350
This is the big one! Buttons, patch, T-Shirt, a special thanks on our website, access to all of our events, recognition at EVERY EVENT, as well as our annual event! For the record - this is what it costs to send one kid to camp.
Producer Over $350
Want to help even more? Name your price over $350 and get all the stuff the Rock Star's get, plus a very special thanks from us :)
NOTE: After you sign up for your preferred membership level, someone at YEAH! will reach out to you to confirm your shipping address, t-shirt size, how you'd like your name displayed on the website, etc. where necessary.
Who We Are
Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, Inc. (YEAH!) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable youth arts organization in Nashville, Tennessee. Our mission is to provide a safe learning environment for teens that will empower them not only in the arts but in life skills, volunteerism, and community service. YEAH! creates programming that values collaboration over competition and seeks to give youth the tools they need to create the world that they want to live in.
What We Do
Our flagship summer camps are the Southern Girls Rock Camp and the Tennessee Teens Rock Camp held in both Nashville and Murfreesboro. At Rock Block, our eight-week program in both Nashville and Murfreesboro, students learn to play music through the collaborative experience of playing in their own rock band.
The mission of our camps is to support a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among young people while building community through music. These camps recognize the potential of every young person to be a strong, talented, creative, and empowered individual while providing a safe space where everyone rocks. These camps are designed to allow campers (regardless of race, class, gender expression, or creed) freedom of expression and exploration through music and performance. In doing so, these campers are empowered to find their own voice and their own sound without creative boundaries or inhibitions.
We trace our roots back to 2003, when Kelley Anderson, then a student at Middle Tennessee State University, organized and kicked off the first Southern Girls Rock Camp as a joint project between the feminist student organization Women for Women and the June Anderson Women's Center. After several successful years of growth, Kelly Anderson, Anna Fitzgerald, Courtney Sharp, Andrew Jacks, Ryan York, and Nicole Tekulve founded YEAH! in 2006. Their vision was to create an organization that fostered the creativity of young individuals while building a community of like-minded volunteers and supporters who love the arts and want to share the arts with kids. We have served hundreds of young people over the past several years by offering year-round classes, the summer camps, the School of Recording, filmmaking and photography, arts and crafts, theater arts, and visual arts.
In 2010, we launched a scholarship program which has greatly increased the number of kids able to participate while greatly enabling us to diversify our student population. Roughly 35% of participating youth across all our programming attend on full or partial scholarship and we have never turned away a student due to lack of funds. YEAH! has been able to provide these scholarships through the generous donations of its fans, parents and supporters, (with a total value in excess of $13,500.00 in 2014!) and it has greatly enhanced the experiences in the arts that YEAH! is able to offer its youth.