Youth have the power to transform the world! But limited access to education and capacity building skills leaves millions vulnerable to exploitation - early marriage, manual labor, human trafficking. Our multidisciplinary programs use music and the arts to teach youth critical life skills that can break the cycle of global poverty.
Because music plays such an important role in most indigenous cultures, this method allows us to teach participants in one common language without concern of stigma or social conflict. We produce a series of workshops that promote the importance of education, leadership, health education, human rights and financial independence. These lessons are delivered through a combination of creative expression and practical application. In our "transformative" model (6 weeks), lessons are transformed into our original social justice musical, "Amazing Grace". Each song confronts the paralyzing socio-economic issues - AIDS,
VULNERABLE YOUTH: Ages 12-17
conflict, substance abuse, teen pregnancy - that affect vulnerable communities every day. The final production is presented to the public in both English and the National language so that non-English speakers can benefit from the lessons learned. Our STEAM-based programs use music and the arts to teach core STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects. Through this approach, our students have increased their test scores in upwards of 30% in math and 20% in science in less than 2 weeks! By nurturing young minds we can build stronger communities and end global poverty!
Dominican Republic, 2008
COLLEGE STUDENTS: Ages 18-25
Education is the only way to true social and financial freedom. But factors such as gender, geography, class and ethnicity often prevent youth from achieving their full potential. College is one of the most important steps in a young person's life, but in the developing world pursuing an advanced education is a rare luxury. Those that do make it can struggle with a range of issues from crippling issues from low self-esteem and undiagnosed childhood emotional traumas to inadequate life skills and career planning skills. These realities fuel a higher risk of drop-out and chance of slipping right back into a cycle of poverty that can lead to social conflict, substance abuse, pregnancy, labor and trafficking. Through a series of interactive workshops, students will learn critical personal development skills, capacity building and mentoring skills and most importantly, learn how to transform pain and doubt into power.
"You have made such a huge impact on my life. You showed me that one can come from nothing and still make a difference in people's lives. You made me want to become so much more. I love you."
- Former STEAM Participant
Graduating Senior HS Student