|On November 10, 2014, The New Victory Theater received the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama for the outstanding accomplishments of the New Victory Usher Corps. The nation’s highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs, the Award recognizes and supports outstanding programs that lay new pathways to creativity, expression, and achievement outside of the regular school day.
Pictured: New Victory Usher Corps representative Sendie Brunard (center) and
New Victory Youth Corps Manager Anthony Pound (right) Photo: Steven E. Purcell
The New Victory Usher Corps provides paid employment, job training, academic support, mentorship and an introduction to the performing arts for 50 young New Yorkers each year. Created to address the urgent need for youth employment in New York City, the rigorous three-year program offers an opportunity for teens to invest in their future while earning a paycheck. While some New Victory Ushers are recruited from social service agencies, some are recent immigrants and others are from families who have called the City home for generations. For most participants, The New Victory marks their first introduction to the rich world of the performing arts.
At every performance, these hard-working and enthusiastic young people assist audience members, ensure public safety and work as teaching assistants in arts-based workshops for families. Between shows, New Victory Ushers interact with professional artists from all over the world, participate in job and life skills workshops like time management, resume writing and personal finance, and discover how a theater runs—all while experiencing new cultures and art forms.
Committed to the transformational power of the arts, The New Victory Theater launched the New Victory Usher Corps the day the theater opened nearly 20 years ago; since then, the program has provided over 400,000 hours of paid employment to over 500 NYC teens from across the city. The New Victory Usher Corps gives kids their first visit to the theater, their first job and the confidence to not only participate in the cultural community of New York, but also claim it as their own.
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Thanks to the following companies for their support of the New Victory Usher Corps: