Music, Empathy, and Support Help Shape Leader

Dorchester 1_imgsizeShe was more confident in her role as a Youth Leader. She was reaching out to really shy members of the team and, through empathy, helping them overcome their fears.

Selma was always quiet and very shy. When she first came in to the Music Clubhouse, she stayed with her mother. Selma began taking voice, piano, and guitar lessons at the Clubhouse, but the lessons alone did not bring Selma out of her shell.

One day, her Music Clubhouse Director heard Selma singing in the hallway while waiting for her activities to begin. “I was really impressed by her potential as a singer,” she said. She also noted that Selma was really supportive of her peers at the Clubhouse.

Inspired by Selma’s talent and her positive attitude, her Clubhouse Director approached Selma and offered her an opportunity to increase her responsibility in the Music Clubhouse as Youth Leader during the summer. She was confident that Selma would bring a lot of experience as an alumna of the Clubhouse and that she would be a comfortable, familiar face for the teens.

“Selma was shocked when I approached her with this role,” says her Clubhouse Director. “She reminded me that she was shy, and she was not sure people would listen to her.”

But with the support of the Clubhouse staff, Selma decided she was up for the challenge. Her job as a Youth Leader was to support the teen Clubhouse participants while developing her own ability as a leader. In a few short weeks, Selma was showing signs that she was more confident in her role as a Youth Leader. She would give advice to other vocalists, showing them how to improve their songwriting and sound quality. She was reaching out to shy members of the team and, through empathy, helping them overcome their fears.

Eventually, Selma was taking on even greater challenges. For example, one day when an instructor was busy helping another teen, Selma was asked to warm up the vocalists and run a rehearsal. Selma was truly stunned to be asked, but she was determined to rise to the occasion, and she did an amazing job.

Everyone at the Clubhouse is very proud of Selma’s achievements. “It has been great to see her blossom,” says her Director. “I am excited to continue to use her support and to see her continue to grow.”