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Mission Statement

The mission of Youth Education in the Arts is to support the development of young people into magnificent human beings through participation in the performing arts.


What is Youth Education in the Arts?

Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) is a non-profit organization based in Allentown, Pa. Its programs allow thousands of talented performers to participate in pageantry events nationwide. YEA!'s programs include The 10-time World Champion Cadets, Cadets2, 2014 Open Class World Champion Cadets Winter Percussion, Xcape Dance Studio, the Designated Hitters and USBands.

Founded in 1990, Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), affords young members the opportunity to participate in some of the most prestigious events in the world. Each year YEA! members participate in numerous high profile ceremonies celebrating sporting events and political inaugurations as well as movie premieres and television commercials. YEA! performers have most recently performed with recording acts such as Shania Twain and Destiny's Child, appeared on MTV, the Late Show with David Letterman and the Today Show, as well as being featured performers in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  YEA! has also provided ensembles for professional sports teams including the New York Jets, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets.

In the organization's illustrious history, YEA! performers have had the unique experience to appear most notably at the Summer Olympic Games, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the World Cup and other notable national and international sporting events.

While amassing a long and storied tradition, YEA! groups have been recognized as World Champions in various disciplines. Over 750 members have had the experience of winning gold medals for their performances, quite possibly an honor they would not be able to realize in any other part of their lives.

YEA! invites the world of tomorrow and makes a huge difference in the lives of thousands of young people each year. Within the programs of YEA! young people gain an edge. They learn to cooperate, they learn to set goals, they work long and hard and they learn what it takes to be a success!

Youth Education in the Arts operates fully as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. If you are considering making a contribution to The Cadets, Cadets2, Cadets Winter Percussion, Xcape, USBands or YEA!, please call Sean King at 610-821-0345 ext. 120 or e-mail him at Thank you!

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Board of Directors

Michael Kehoss, Minneapolis, MN - Chairman
Andrew Silverstein, Pompton Lakes, NJ - Vice Chairman
Jack Payne, Allentown, PA - Treasurer
Mark J. Mendicino, Allison Park, PA - Secretary
Dr. Edward DiCarlo, New York, NY
David Wiener, Eastsound, WA
Dr. Frank Anthony, Gainesville, FL
Gary Stromberg, Chatham, NJ
Brian Setzer, Nashville, TN
Cathie Larocca, NJ, Hoboken, NJ
Jan Swan, OH
Janet McCullar Vavra , TX
Michael Chernow
Donald Staffin