Teen Star's Mary Grace Documentary,
played at the Cannes Film Festival in France
Teen Star of Santa Barbara
For the last two seasons we have seen diverse talented Teen Star winners and finalists perform the national anthem at our Sunday Polo matches. Teen Star, a nonprofit volunteer organization is reaching out to us for support with:
* Selecting this year’s finalists and the ultimate winner, click here for tickets. *
* Aid Teen Star’s non-profit, click here. *
Teen Star’s purpose:
To support economically challenged families, at risk youths as well as performing arts programs in high schools to further student education in performing arts. Teen Star is possible because of people, businesses and foundations like you. Supporters keep performing arts alive for our youths of today and stars of tomorrow.
Through Teen Star's comprehensive social media and traditional media marketing efforts, we reach in excess of 50,000 community members. Facebook reached 1.5 million people, YouTube views reached over 100,000 for 2019. In addition, we have received widespread attention in print, television and radio media. Our demographic data indicates that we are primarily reaching groups in the 12-18 and 18-35 age groups, cultivating a younger audience for the future. One of our accomplishments this year is the showcasing of our talented teens by providing over 52 opportunities to perform throughout Santa Barbara County.
Teen Star is a non profit 501c3 organization that has worked hard to enhance performing arts exposure and training in the greater Santa Barbara community. Teen Star supports youth in performing arts by encouraging passion, inspiring excellence, offering performance opportunities, and instilling professionalism. Working countywide, we created a program of developing students through educational workshops and mentoring to hone their musical and performance skills.
The less tangible goal is the most important and that is the impact Teen Star has on the youth and families that participate in the program. Making headlines locally and internationally at the Cannes Film Festival in France with a documentary about our very own Teen Star 2014 winner, Mary-Grace Langhorne. Mary-Grace in reaction to medication left her in excruciating pain and was paralyzed. After months of therapy, singing was her only outlet. She persevered and was nurtured by the Teen Star family. Not only did she win, but this victory gave her the motivation to walk. Against all odds, she took her first steps in fall of 2014. (Trailer link; https://youtu.be/AQPj5l8wGok )
Finally, we work closely with the junior and senior high schools throughout the County by donating funds to help keep performing arts alive in an era of funding cutbacks to arts education in particular.