Youth Movement Records Names a New Executive Director
This announcement concludes a national search that was begun when Wiltsee resigned his post in September in order serve as the Executive Director for The Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter (GRAMMYs). Wiltsee plans to remain actively involved with the organization by serving on its Board of Directors. Ms. Peters is an Oakland native and has been with Youth Movement Records since 2006, when she was brought on board to lead the Professional Internship Program. She was then named Program Director in 2008 and has served as Interim-Executive Director from September through November of this year. The post of Program Director will be assumed by Diaris Alexander who is a Gates-scholar, UCLA graduate and one of YMR's founding youth participants. Youth Movement Records was founded in 2003 and now has operations in Oakland's Fox Theater and at the RYSE Center in Richmond.
Ryan Peters, 29, was an ideal candidate for the position with a demonstrated success in the arts, as well as in the non-profit, youth development sector. Ms. Peters is an associate artist with the California Shakespeare Theater, was named Oakland's top poet in 2007 and performs regularly with her musical group, Nu Dekades. She served as Program Director at the East Oakland Youth Development Center and developed local and statewide initiatives for minority and women-owned businesses with Mason Tillman Associates and for California youth with the organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Ms. Peters has a degrees in Sociology and Political Science from San Diego State University.
Peters' contributions to YMR are quite numerous. Notably, she has developed effective outreach strategies and critical consciousness training, administered YMR's regional expansion efforts, and was instrumental in fostering partnerships with the City of Oakland.
Youth Movement Records (YMR) is a youth-driven media arts organization inspiring under-served urban youth, ages 13-19, to engage in learning, leadership and positive community involvement. YMR involves youth through music, mentoring and entrepreneurship in order to reduce violence, develop skills and create community change. YMR is a non-profit 501c3 organization.
Founded in 2003, Youth Movement Records was the first organization to use the model of a recording company to engage youth in leadership, artistic development and community involvement. YMR engages hundreds of young people annually with project-based workshops and hands-on opportunities to produce original music, events and media. The positive social messages in YMR's music and video productions, as well as its much needed community events, reach thousands of young people each year.
Jolly Sales, Operations Manager