The Young Americans was founded in 1962 by Milton C. Anderson to present America's youth in a positive light through performance, music, and dance. The cast performed at fairs, public events and on television shows and thus America's first show choir was born. Today The Young Americans has grown into a large charitable organization dedicated to promoting understanding and goodwill among the people of the world through its more than 400 shows and 12 International Music Outreach Tours.
There are more than 50 people on the Young American's staff working with the 100+ students that join the group each year. Among those staff members is Blugold alumnus, Steven Haines, who has become the organization's first CEO. Steven Haines graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 1991 with a French, Liberal Arts major. Today he has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit and performing arts management, including serving as the Executive director of San Francisco's Stern Grove Festival, VP of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and marketing manager with The Florida Philharmonic.
"Steve was one of my very first students at UWEC and studied in Toulon, France when I was directing the study-abroad program," recalls Dominique Thevenin, professor emerita of French. "He was not only a talented trombone player, but also an excellent French student."
In an interview about his new role with The Young Americans, Steven said "I am more than honored to be joining The Young Americans team. The mission and history of this organization are so well respected both nationally and internationally."