Board of Directors

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 was founded in 2005 with the vision of being a youth‐driven organization where young people have a platform to positively impact the world around them through dance and performance. The need for the organization arose out of several youth‐identified needs in the community including having a safe and supportive space during out‐of‐school time hours and for creative self‐expression and adult mentorship.

transcenDANCE is a nationally recognized Creative Youth Development (CYD) organization that has staged and produced more than 15 original dance theatre productions in its lifespan. The holistic Program Model of CONNECT, CREATE, CONTRIBUTE offers year‐round programs and services to youth, teens and young adults in underserved San Diego communities.

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 for the last 15 years. Community engagement and partnerships have been key components of the mission, enabling increased access and education to life and leadership skills, and, at times, social justice issues.

In 2021, transcenDANCE successfully entered a new phase in its organizational development with the completion of the transcenDANCE Arts Center in Lemon Grove. This new building and its location on the Trolley’s Green Line significantly increases the organization’s ability to provide more creative and therapeutic services to more young people more of the time.

Board of Director Opportunities
At this time, we are looking to expand our Board of Directors. We look for directors with a range of skills and backgrounds. One area of particular need is board members with experience in public relations. 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.

Board Responsibilities
 Support, revisit and promote the mission of transcenDANCE
 Engage in an annual Strategic Planning retreat
 Hold fiduciary responsibility
 Ensure the organization produces economically justifiable, properly chosen, well-targeted results
 Fundraise on behalf of the organization by providing contacts, connecting us to grantors, planning/participating in special events, and forwarding materials to friends, businesses and colleagues
 Ensure the organization is well‐managed
 Engage in organizational, strategic planning
 An annual financial contribution that is meaningful to the Board member, commensurate with the board member’s ability to do so.
 Review and adopt an organizational code of ethics, accounting control mechanisms and policies for board and staff
 Delegate authority to and annually evaluate the Artistic/Executive Director
 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 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Board members serve for three years, which may be renewed once for up to a maximum of three consecutive terms, pending approval of the Board.

If you are interested in learning more about the transcenDANCE or the Board of Directors, please contact transcenDANCE Board President Arlene Yang at

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