“Every time I commit to the Youth Leader Program, I commit myself to another opportunity for growth, learning, leadership, and hard work. I also get to help people my age grow as musicians and people.”
Like many of the Music Clubhouse Youth Leaders, Khamari is a shining example of how the Youth Leader Program is having a tremendous impact on the participants at the Music Clubhouse and also influencing the Leaders’ own personal growth.
When you speak with Khamari, it’s clear that he is developing valuable professional skills and leadership characteristics. Among the many skills he’s gained, some notable ones are creativity and adaptability.
He reflects, “My creativity was often exercised when I had more students than I thought I would for a vocal lesson. Instead of planning for an individual lesson, I had to adapt and tailor the lesson for a large group so that it was a productive experience and everyone felt like they were learning.”
Since the initial Youth Leader session in the Fall of 2011, Khamari has been involved as a Youth Leader a total of seven sessions, showing his extreme dedication to the Clubhouse. In an essay he wrote, Khamari shares that, “every time I commit to the Youth Leader Program, I commit myself to another opportunity for growth, learning, leadership, and hard work. I also get to help people my age grow as musicians and people.”
It is this consistency of serving as a Youth Leader that has allowed Khamari deeper self-reflection and greater maturity professionally. Perhaps the most significant insight is that Khamari understands how being a role model impacts his peers.
“I’ve become so close with some of my peers at the Clubhouse, and I think that is because there isn’t very much of an age gap between us. So I understand when they are so tired because they’ve been sitting in metal chairs all day. I understand what it’s like to have a bad day. I can relate to these people, and that makes my job— and our learning experiences— so much more fun, and a lot easier.”
In addition to their work at the Music Clubhouse, the Youth Leaders are also expected to manage many additional after-school responsibilities such as homework, sports, and commitments to family and friends. For Khamari— who is a talented and accomplished musician and singer-songwriter, performing with the Boston Children’s Choir and also recording his own music— the Youth Leader experience has taught him how to balance these responsibilities in a productive way.
“It’s helped me to solve many misunderstandings and communication problems I had at home. For example, I’m now more responsible and remember all of my chores and concert dates. Instead of relying on my mother to remind me, I take ownership of remembering when I have a concert or rehearsals that are coming up.”
Through dedication and hard work, Khamari has become a role model, a leader, and a working professional.