Grant will create 20 jobs for teens in underserved Mass. communities
August 2015 – The Music & Youth Initiative was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support the Youth Leader Program, a program that provides jobs to musically-inclined teens in underserved communities.
The grant will create 20 jobs at one of 16 Music Clubhouse locations around Massachusetts. Each Youth Leader, selected for his or her exceptional dedication and leadership qualities, will gain valuable work experience by teaching and mentoring at the Clubhouse.
The Music Clubhouses are dedicated spaces where young people can come together and learn. On any given afternoon one might see a small group in the studio laying down tracks, taking a group lesson, practicing or just having fun. In the evenings, the Clubhouse often becomes a performance center, hosting CD release parties and open mic nights.
“Just as music builds confidence and self-esteem, so do the responsibilities of a first job. We’ve combined those two experiences in our Youth Leader Program,” says Gary Eichhorn, CEO of Music & Youth. “We’re grateful to have found a partner in Bank of America. They clearly share our understanding of the tremendous power of this unique workforce opportunity.”
“The Music & Youth Initiative is helping close the opportunity gap by connecting teens with jobs that tie into something they feel passionately about — music,” said Bob Gallery, Massachusetts president, Bank of America. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for local teens to gain valuable experience while tapping into their natural talents.”
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