Moving to a new home, school, or community can be challenging for a child. Moving to an entirely new country on a different continent magnifies these challenges immensely. For 11-year-old Marta, moving from her home in Africa to her new life in the U.S. was frightening. Initially, she had a hard time making friends… until she discovered the Music Clubhouse.
In just a matter of a few months, Marta went from attending the Music Clubhouse occasionally to being a frequent, every-day member so that she could spend as much time as possible in the studio. “She has met many new friends while singing and making music in the studio,” says her Clubhouse Director.
More importantly, Marta’s self-confidence has skyrocketed. “Every time I step into the room or onto the stage to perform, I feel like a confident superstar!” says Marta excitedly. “I don’t feel shy anymore, and I’m not hiding in the shadows anymore whenever I sing.” Marta performs at every Music Clubhouse event, including their Idol competition, modeled after the popular TV series, American Idol.
“Participants like Marta are the reason that youth workers like us keep doing what we do every day,” says her Clubhouse Director. “To give a young person a literally life-changing opportunity is a gift, not a job!”
Marta says that the feeling is mutual, describing the Music Clubhouse as a second home and like family. “When I moved to the U.S. from Africa, I had a really hard time fitting in or meeting friends. I was very shy and scared. But when I stepped into the studio and went to sing, I felt happy. I felt amazing! When my Director told me that I have an amazing voice, I was so happy. It feels great to have place where I can become a better singer.”