Teens Become Leaders on Stage and Behind the Scenes

Bank of America Awards $25K Grant to Music & Youth Initiative’s Youth Leader Program


Boston MA, June 13, 2017— When 17-year-old Nicolas stepped on the Berklee Performance Center stage on May 5, it wasn’t just as a musician. He was there as a leader and mentor, a culmination of his hard work as a Youth Leader in his Boys & Girls Club’s Music Clubhouse. The event was the Music Clubhouse Showcase, where 100 youth from 14 Music & Youth Music Clubhouses took the stage to perform. Youth Leaders were at the heart of these performances, helping in preparation and organization, behind the scenes and on stage.

The Music & Youth Initiative’s Youth Leader Program, which provides workforce development opportunities for teens who have demonstrated excellence and leadership potential in their after-school Music Clubhouse programs, recently received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America. With this generous support from Bank of America, underserved teens like Nicolas are developing life and career skills and becoming leaders in their local communities.

When Nicolas started attending the Music Clubhouse as a participant, his primary focus was learning to play the piano and guitar and to sing. As a Youth Leader, his experience has become more meaningful. He is a teacher and role model for the younger participants; he helps manage the day-to-day operations of the Clubhouse, where his enthusiasm and professionalism are palpable; and he earns a paycheck that he uses to help his family pay their bills.

Nicolas’s own take on his experience as a Youth Leader in the Music Clubhouse is that “everything you do here has a positive effect on your future.”

“We are so grateful to Bank of America for their ongoing support,” says Music & Youth CEO Gary Eichhorn. “Youth Leaders like Nicolas are truly making a difference in their Music Clubhouses and in their greater communities.”

About Music & Youth Initiative: 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. The Music Clubhouses provide 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 music programs every week across our 14 locations in Massachusetts. These programs are free or at a minimal cost to the participating youth. Founded in 2004, Music & Youth Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Learn more at www.musicandyouth.org or connect with us on Twitter at @MusicandYouth.

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