Sarah Bandy

After a little more than seven years with YEAH! — Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, the local nonprofit responsible for myriad youth rock camps and programming — executive director Sarah Bandy is leaving the job to pursue some other goals. In an announcement of her departure, Bandy wrote: “Providing leadership opportunities and creative pathways for youth inherently builds their personal power — one of the surprises of that work is that when you open up to other people, you also find out how to better show up for yourself day after day. I am more hopeful, cherish challenging conversations, listen better and more deeply, use my imagination more, feel more at home in my body, am more present, and have a kinder inner voice after my time with YEAH!” Bandy has a way with words, and a way of making anyone she’s speaking with feel like the only person in the room. It’ll be sad to see her move away from YEAH!, where she’s done great work and helped many young people empower themselves, but it should be equally exciting to see how she’ll show up for herself.

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