Young Americans return to Dowagiac

Published 10:13 pm Monday, September 23, 2013

Courtesy Photo

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Area students are invited to the “educational experience of a lifetime” as the Young Americans International Outreach Tour returns to Dowagiac for the third time this November.

The Young Americans, founded in 1962, consists of approximately 45 16-20 year-old performers who travel the world sharing life skills and artistic talents with youth.

Jeff Robinson, the 6th-12th grade vocal music director, has worked to secure the event every three years since the addition of the Performing Arts Center at Dowagiac Middle School.

“I cannot think of a better way to teach our children important lessons in life than through a musical workshop led by peer mentors such as the Young Americans,” he said.

The three-day workshop will begin on Nov. 10 and continue through the 12th, ending in a performance open to the public at 6 p.m.

Robinson said that due to economic constraints, students must pay to participate in the workshop, and said that community members interested in helping students attend can help by coming to the show ($10 admission for adults, $8 for students) or sponsoring a student.

“I’ve told my students that if finances are the only reason they can’t come, that’s not a good enough reason,” he said.

Some meals will be provided during the workshop. All students interested in participating in the program should try to commit to all three days of workshops.

Interested parties can contact Jeff Robinson at