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Young Authors of Arizona (YAA) is a State of Arizona and 501(c)(3) non-profit organized exclusively for charitable purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Without limiting ourselves, YAA is focused on growing responsibly and is now positioned to: 1. Conceive, develop, implement, sponsor, and maintain progress in all aspects of language and media arts, which will advance the interests of and provide the incentive for the growth and appreciation by the public of language and media arts in Arizona and beyond. 2. Undertake projects that will encourage and assist young authors and young-author advocates by helping them achieve standards of excellence and bringing these projects before the public. 3. Strengthen scholarship, research, creative work, publication, exhibition, and performance in language and media arts throughout Arizona and beyond.
The Young Authors of Arizona serves as the regional affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for teens with exceptional literary and artistic talents.
Our state has over 1,700 middle schools and high schools combined, with many more home schools. Started in July of 2015, YAA’s outreach campaign seeks to involve more Arizonans with the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as the scope and centerpiece for our growth. We welcome involvement from:
- Professional language and media arts leaders-teachers, librarians, sponsors, luminaries-to support and promote the annual published book of Arizona's top teen writing.
- Educators, parents, and volunteers to be outreach leaders in specific counties, districts, and professional communities.
- Grade 7-12 students to enter the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by December of each year.
- Business and civic leaders, volunteer educators and parents, and other supporters to forge financial partnerships with YAA to create scholarships for Awards participants and to continue growing YAA.
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