Big Bear Lake, CA, January 19, 2013 – Music programs have been shown to increase students’ math and reading abilities, critical thinking skills and self-discipline – yet budget cuts continue to reduce such programs around the country. That’s why groups like The Young Americans, which has been providing music education and performance opportunities to youth since the 1960s, are more important than ever.

The Young Americans are returning to Big Bear this month as part of their International Outreach Tour, offering a three-day workshop beginning Sunday, January 27 at the Performing Arts Center and culminating in a concert the following Tuesday. Students in grades three through 12 are invited to apply online at Bear. 

Local host families are needed to provide room and board for two or more members of the touring group. In exchange, the household will receive two free VIP seats at the January 29 performance. To sign up as a host family, call (909) 363-6863 or send an email to

Members of The Young Americans comprise all races and religions on the planet, and they are dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, academic education and cultural interaction. 

The annual Southern California Audition is coming up in February for graduating high school seniors and students up to the age of 20. Those interested should send their name, age, school and grade, and their availability Monday – Saturday to