Imagine being a child in and out of state custody for your whole life, never knowing who will be taking care of you at any given time. This troubling, scary, and unstable life is a reality for 14-year-old Damian.
The Executive Director of the YMCA sees this all too often. “The Music Clubhouse was built for kids like Damian,” she says. “He has been dealing with so many issues that this is the one place where things can be normal and consistent for him.”
Imagine being a child in and out of state custody for your whole life, never knowing who will be taking care of you at any given time.
Damian’s love for rap music and his involvement in the Music Clubhouse is building his sense of security and self-esteem. For the past six months, Damian has become an increasingly active participant in the Music Clubhouse. Damian has shown self-confidence when practicing songs by his favorite rap artist, Eminem. He has shown determination when he started writing his own lyrics. He has shown personal growth in his relationship-building with peers and staff.
But no one feels the power of his experience more than Damian himself. “The Music Clubhouse is a place of fun, of freedom, where I can hang out and be myself and learn about music,” he reveals. “I have friends here, and if I weren’t here, I’m not sure what I’d be doing.”