Javon’s Story – Building Confidence Through Music

Javon performs for 50,000 people at Boston's City Hall Plaza.

Javon performs for 50,000 people at Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

“I know how hard it is for people around me who have talent to have a place to express themselves. This is something I will never take for granted.”

 

If you want to witness the transformative power of music, just meet Javon.

Eight years ago, a shy 10-year-old Javon peeked into a small, cluttered room which was serving as the music space at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester. Javon thought he might want to play the drums. Inside the room was a volunteer music instructor from Berklee named Rick Aggeler, who just happened to be a drummer. From that moment forward, Rick and Javon began working together not only on playing music, but also on the skills that would make Javon a confident person.

Yet almost as quickly as their relationship began, it appeared it may have to end; Rick would soon be graduating college, and the fledgling music program might close.

Javon at the Blue Hill Clubhouse

Javon at the Blue Hill Clubhouse

Fortunately, Music & Youth partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to help create, equip and staff a 1,000 square foot state-of-the-art Music Clubhouse and hire Rick as the full time director.

Javon thrived at the Clubhouse, learning so much more than just music. He found his voice and became a role model to younger members. “I know how hard it is for people around me who have talent to have a place to express themselves.” said Javon. “This is something I will never take for granted.”

Now at the University of Massachusetts, Javon is no longer shy. He is a confident young man who recently performed in front of 50,000 people at City Hall Plaza in Boston and opened for the hip-hop star B.o.B at Colgate University.

Javon looks back at the Music Clubhouse as a place he considers his second home. As he explains, “It’s just been a great place for me. I really live in here.”