Established in 1978, the Young Artist Awards (YAA) is Hollywood's longest running awards show that recognizes and honors young talent. Through year-round support, participants are primed for greater achievements in their craft.  

The Young Artist Awards is Presented by The Young Artist Awards Academy (YAAA), which was founded by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (Golden Globes) recognized historian, Maureen Dragone. The foundation provides young artists with mentorship, experience, and accolades that are otherwise unavailable to young performers.

YAA has honored many young artists who have continued on to successful adult careers, becoming household names in the entertainment industry. Some notable examples include:

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Bell, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, Tori Spelling, Winona Ryder, Christina Applegate, Scott Baio, Jaleel White, Alyssa Milano, Justine and Jason Bateman, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Cory Feldman, Sean Astin, and Mario Lopez.