The Young Shakespeareans Program began in South Los Angeles in 2008 at the behest of LAUSD administrators Emma Rodriguez and Robert Baker. The Program was initiated at Nevin Avenue Elementary School under Principal Denise Pratt, GATE Classroom Teacher Rhonda Sivaraman, Teaching Artist Jeanette Horn, and was originally called "The Shakespearites".
The Young Shakespeareans Program remains a vital part of Nevin Avenue Elementary School, and has been joined by West Vernon Elementary School, and Normandie Elementary School in South Los Angeles. Though Dr. Pratt has moved on to serve as an LAUSD District Director, she remains an avid supporter and proponent, encouraging the Principals in her charge to bring the Program to their schools.
In 2018, the Program enjoyed expansion to the East Coast with summer programs in both Newark and Rumson/Red Bank, New Jersey through HORIZONS NATIONAL, an award-winning, tuition-free, academic and enrichment program serving low-income, public school students on the campuses of independent schools, colleges, and universities across the country.