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Kim Vaughn

 “Kim loves to dance as it allows her to express herself […] and no one can tell she is different. [The Yocum Institute] allows Kim to show the younger dancers you can do anything you put your mind to.” Kim Vaughn Yocum Institute Dance program since 2008


Muhamed Badjie

“The Yocum Institute provided me with a safe space to not only practice theater, but to learn more about myself and other people. Unlike many school and community activities, the Institute includes people from many different schools in the area and sets the foundation for making connections with all kinds of folks from all walks […]


Abdul Ghani

“[Neighborhood Bridges] is unique because it focuses on acceptance and tolerance. It teaches students to show respect to all students and adults. It builds bridges between gaps. It allows students to increase their social and interaction skills. It builds creativity in writing, which is so awesome and amazing. The program also fosters a love and […]


Rene C. Berkhammer

“The Art Therapy Program has built up my student’s self-esteem and helped them have a better understanding of shapes, shading, colors, and symmetry.  They are able to build upon the skills and feel proud of the art work they create.  The lessons are always age and ability appropriate. Students are able to be creative and […]


Takiah and Tia McKenzie

“My daughter was able to go to a summer program, while I went to school, that she was excited about. I didn’t just want her to be playing all day, like she does at her regular daycare. The summer program is actually educational. They involve the parents in everything. I love that!” Takiah and Tia […]


Julianne Michalik

“So many students, like myself, are there for years and continue as teachers and performers both [at the Yocum Institute] and out in the community. There are so many classes and different kinds of learning environments that everyone can find something in the arts!” Julianne Michalik Director of Vocal Music, Kuztown Area High School


Brian R. Gibson

“My time at the Institute was fulfilling and instructive, both as a teacher and student. It helped to shape my direction as an artist. The Yocum Institute has been a training ground for many artists who have gone on to brilliant careers in the world of music, myself included.” Brian R. Gibson Retired Opera Singer, […]


Anonymous

“[Yocum Institute’s] dream to keep the arts alive and active inspires me and give me motivation to pursue my ambitions.”


Sinking Spring Public Library

“Thank you so much for your fabulous performance of Click Clack Moo! Everyone was entertained – children and parents were enthralled and giggling at every joke. Your actors were terrific and professional. Our kids were so excited to greet them after the show.”


Catie Bougie & Jessica Umbenhauer, Alvernia University

“During the past eight weeks we have enjoyed watching our participants use their imaginations in creating their characters, stories, and scripts. Allowing them to create their own plays, rather than handing them a script, let them express themselves in a fun way that many of them had not experienced before.”