Let’s #YEAH123 in 2022!

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The mission of Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, Inc. (YEAH!) is to welcome people of all backgrounds into a community that amplifies the voices of youth and underrepresented populations through music education and programming.

Hello and thank you YEAH! supporters!

We hope this finds you transitioning well into the season of giving thanks. For all of us at YEAH! it has been a time of transition and growth. This universally shared practice allows us to continuously be mindful of being part of something greater and evokes in us a need to re-emerge and renew. Our team of past and current staff, board members, partners, participants and supporters are collaborating carefully to identify how we can meet the interests and needs of our youth and community in the coming year. As we evolve into 2022, we are building upon our partnerships, programs and experiences. We will continue to be mindful of current trends, available art education opportunities and gaps. We are developing plans to create and implement innovative ideas for a deeper connection to the arts, self and place. 

Please continue to walk along our journey of growth for our youth and community. 

We look forward to celebrating our achievements along the way!

Support YEAH! and help kids just be.

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 in which they want to live.

What We Do

Our flagship summer camps are the Southern Girls Rock Camp and the Tennessee Teens Rock Camp. At Rock Block, our eight-week program, 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.

Our History

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, Kelley Anderson, Anna Fitzgerald, Courtney Vickers, 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.


In Tennessee, drivers can purchase certain* Specialty License Plates in place of the normally issued state license plate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these plates supports organizations like YEAH!

Join camper Graham and tell the world YOU SUPPORT THE ARTS with your TN Arts Commission Arts plate! 

Just take your old plate to your county clerk and swap it—they will prorate your tag fees – you don’t have to wait until your tag renewal is due!

Learn more: tnspecialtyplates.org.

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