Website transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project
transcenDANCE is a nationally-recognized creative youth development organization that works with teens in underserved San Diego communities. Our programs change the trajectory of students’ lives by building resilience, confidence, and creativity and by instilling life-changing skills such as leadership, collaboration, and community engagement.
transcenDANCE started in 2005 as a grassroots community-based, youth-driven organization and now is a nationally recognized and pioneering creative youth development organization. We are committed to having a long-term positive impact on the youth we serve. We continue to support students after they have graduated from high school. Many alumni have remained active with transcenDANCE, serving as teaching artists, choreographers, board members, and mentors.
transcenDANCE was founded in City Heights, later moved to National City, and recently relocated to Lemon Grove. transcenDANCE embraces its role in racial and social equity transformation and is developing and using a strategic plan that prioritizes antiracist policies, practices, and a comprehensive training curriculum for staff, artists, board members, students and alumni. transcenDANCE is dedicated to ongoing education to explore and challenge the complexities of social and cultural injustices.
transcenDANCE is rooted in the belief that youth are powerful agents of change that can inspire and lead community building and advocacy through the performing arts. transcenDANCE has been guided by a commitment to addressing social issues through performance and intentional programs. Community engagement and partnerships have been a key component to the mission, enabling increased access and education to life and leadership skills, and, at times, social justice issues.
At this time, we are looking to expand our Board of Directors. Board members play an invaluable role in the organization at the highest level of leadership. A strong, working board will help us increase our visibility in San Diego and beyond, fundraise, and develop the best infrastructure to support our programs.
transcenDANCE is searching for board members and volunteers with a range of skills and experiences who share a passion for our mission. Areas of expertise we currently seek include but are not limited to: public relations expertise or connections, political arts advocacy experience, experience in education with connections to public school districts, and/or event planning.
Board responsibilities include:
§ Support, revisit and promote the mission of transcenDANCE.
§ Hold fiduciary responsibility.
§ Ensure the organization produces economically justifiable, properly chosen, well-targeted results.
§ Ensure the organization is well-managed.
§ Engage in organizational, strategic planning, including annual retreat.
§ Fundraise on behalf of the organization by providing contacts, connecting us to grantors, planning/participating in special events, and inviting friends, businesses, and colleagues.
§ An annual financial contribution that is meaningful to the Board member, commensurate with the board member’s ability to do so.
§ Support the annual performance event by attending, promoting it to the board member’s circles, and generating ticket sales
The Board of Directors currently meets every third Monday of the month from 6:00 to 8:30pm. Board members serve for three years, which may be renewed once for up to a maximum of two consecutive terms, pending approval of the Board.
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