Worth TX, October 16, 2015— The Music & Youth Initiative is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth in Texas, to launch a Music Clubhouse, bringing high-quality contemporary music education to local youth ages 10-18. Music & Youth has previously established a network of 16 successful Music Clubhouses in Massachusetts through partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and other Community Based Organizations. The North Fort Worth Clubhouse is the first Music Clubhouse outside of Massachusetts.
Music & Youth is providing the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth with $33,000 in program support services as well as a cash grant of $35,000 to assist them in designing the Music Clubhouse; equipping it with state-of-the-art musical instruments and a recording studio; and supporting their programming. Music & Youth is also assisting in selecting and training Clubhouse staff.
“We are thrilled and honored to be working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth to bring contemporary music education to their youth. Music has the power to improve academic performance, build life skills, foster creativity, build self-confidence and enrich lives. And now it is accessible to many young people who would not have had exposure to music if not for the commitment of the Boys & Girls Club. We are proud to support this organization and the community,” said Gary Eichhorn, Music & Youth Initiative CEO.
The Music Clubhouse, located in the North Fort Worth branch, is a fully equipped 1,000 square-foot facility which includes a professional quality music studio, practice and instruction rooms, and a performance space. It will serve over 200 youth visits a week and provide formal music lessons for over 70 students in guitar, keys, bass, drums, vocals and music recording.
“During out-of-school time, it is critical that we provide programming that encourages positive habits, and allows our kids to develop healthy passions with initiative,” says Daphne Barlow Stigliano, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. “Music is a platform that we know can help our kids develop confidence and drive, and that will keep them on the right track in life. Thanks to Music & Youth, our Northside branch now has a venue to foster this growth and potential.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the Music Clubhouse. They will integrate the Music Clubhouse program into their comprehensive youth programming, which already includes tutoring, mentoring, teen activities, sports, and art programs. The newly appointed Music Clubhouse Director, Jonah Copeland, holds a music degree from Texas Wesleyan University and has been on staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs since 2011.
“Our main focus at the Club is on youth development, and I believe learning musical skills is very complementary to the life lessons we teach here, such as discipline and goal setting,” says Jonah. “The Music Clubhouse is a place where the students will be able to grow in these skills, and I’m so appreciative of having that space to further enrich and cultivate our programming.”
About Music & Youth Initiative (www.musicandyouth.org)
Music & Youth establishes sustainable high-quality after school contemporary music programs for underserved youth ages 10-18, through collaboration with leading Youth Development Organizations, Universities, and Corporate Partners. These programs are free (or for a minimal cost) to the participating youth. Founded in 2004, Music & Youth Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
About the Music Clubhouse Program
The Music Clubhouse is an after school contemporary music program for underserved youth, ages 10-18, and is run by leading Youth Development Organizations in Massachusetts in partnership with Music & Youth. The Clubhouses provide high quality music education and the opportunity for participants to improve social and academic skills while building self-confidence and self-esteem. More than 600 youth participate in formal music lessons every week across our 16 locations in Massachusetts.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth (http://fortworthkids.org/)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth serves more than 11,000 youth ages 6-24 years old through seven branch locations and outreach programs in the schools and community. OUR MISSION is to provide enriching programs for youth from disadvantaged circumstances to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens. With just a $10 per year membership fee and access to programs that focus on Academics, Health and Citizenship, we are changing the odds, year after year.