Mike Gianakos has been managing youth development programs in New York’s most underserved communities for over 15 years. In his most recent role, Mike directed special projects for a community based organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in the South Bronx. In this capacity, Mike was responsible for the strategic program development of 16 school and community center programs that provided wrap around services for youth and their families in an effort to increase social emotional learning and academic success. He feels that empowering someone to reach their greatest potential, however they define that, is the most rewarding thing a person can do. Mike believes his extensive experience in youth development will help YANY continue its mission and empower young people to grow through experiencing the arts.