YEA started in 2000 as a brand new way to enhance the educational experience of children in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. YEA serves all children in Charleston County by providing support to programs that increase equity in the arts for our youth
Research proves that children need the arts! Test scores support the need for arts education for children, and show that the arts do make a difference. Finding a way to support children’s exposure to art can change their lives
Since 2011 the Charleston Marathon has raised $370,000 for the YEA! These moneys are used to fund grant requests from Charleston County Schools for arts programming.