YAE! Camp 2019


Help support YAE! Camp 2019 !

YAE! (Young Artists Empowerment) is a multidisciplinary Arts program for female/femme/non-binary identifying youth: offering pre-professional training in street art/mural making and dance. YAE! is led by WolfBird Dance. This year, YAE! is sponsored in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and STEPS PDX. Our program's mission is to "smash stereotypes" and support young women in embracing their own artistic voice. We aim to empower young women to find representation through art and movement.


This year, camp is taking place over two weeks:
Week 1 - August 12-16, 2019
Week 2 - August 19-23, 2019

Mornings 11am-1pm:

Students alternate dance training days between hip hop and contemporary dance. From 11-12 campers train in fundamental hip hop technique/choreography and/or fundamental contemporary technique/choreography. From 12-1, they train with two rotating instructors: learning fundamentals of each instructors specified style under the hip hop umbrella term (krump, wacking, breaking, etc). From there, they spend the rest of their time practicing incorporating these styles into their own freestyle,1V1, and cypher sessions. conversely, for this time on contemporary training days, they work with a rotating group of instructors that mentor them through improvisational skills and finding oneself through freedom of movement expression. By the end of our program, ideally, our students have enough movement styles in their wheelhouse, that it encourages them to find their own unique movement style (that maybe doesn’t necessarily, or need to, fit into a defined box). 

Afternoons 2pm-4pm:

Students learn fundamental skills necessary for creating a mural. They are guided through the process, focusing on how to collaborate and cooperate with one another, supporting the development of each other’s skills. They receive lessons in letter-making, drawing, composition, aerosol painting techniques, and safety. Mentors provide creative counsel, assistance with designing, an understanding of tools, and tips on how to seek permission. Campers are also encouraged to take risks and reach beyond what they’re comfortable with. They can contribute their ideas and will be encouraged to support each other in executing their ideas.

During the lunch hour of our program (1-2pm), students are provided workshops from guest Artists to learn about other art forms and present them with active, working Artists in our community. These interactions provide an opportunity for them to communicate with role models of our community in a comfortable, active, and non-authoritative setting. During this time campers also learn about the history and pillars of hip-hop culture, including freedom of expression in public space, rhythmic poetry, blending melodies using a turntable, and breakdancing



Your donation helps us provide needs-based scholarships to campers whose families cannot afford all or part of tuition!

YAE! Camp offers scholarships in the increments of 100%, 50%, and 75% tuition and fees coverage for young artists in need of financial assistance. We believe in equal opportunity and providing exposure to as many passionate young artists as possible. Providing and maintaining our scholarship program is YAE! Camp’s main priority. 

Thank you so much for your generous support! 

-The YAE! Team

YAE! Camp Official Website


  • Ashley Costa 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
  • Rita Stroud 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Una Jones 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 2 mos

Fundraising team: YAE! Team (2) 

Raven Jones 
Raised $100 from 2 donations
Portland, OR
Ariana Simon 
Team member
This team raised $30 from 2 other donations.
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