Proof that the arts can make a real difference in a young person’s attitude and life. Why we don’t have more community based programs like this is beyond me. How much evidence do we need before we actually start caring about this stuff?
The program, called Youth on Record, taught songwriting, production, DJ and other skills, and its success was staggering. The high school truancy rate of those attending the after-school program was cut in half, as they weren’t allowed to attend if they didn’t go to regular classes. In addition, a new income stream was created for local musicians who were paid to teach. Since the school was first set-up, the organisation has recorded albums, staged a community festival and improved the lives of hundreds of residents.