“I found a joy in teaching that I had not found with anything else. I have come to love teaching music and I have decided to go to college for music education.”
Diego began participating at the Music Clubhouse as a bass guitar student. At age 16, he became a Youth Leader and started spending much of his time helping younger students learn just as he had – from caring staff at the Clubhouse.
At the conclusion of his Youth Leader program he reflected, “I feel I have a better understanding of the fact that people learn differently and at different speeds. My job is to change how I teach to fit the needs of my student. I found a joy in teaching that I had not found with anything else. I have come to love teaching music and I have decided to go to college for music education.”
A year after his job as Youth Leader ended, Diego was actively working on his goal. He was finishing his second semester as a sociology major in college, with plans to change to the music education major within the next year.
Music has remained a big part of his life, as he enjoys playing in bands and continuing to mentor at the Music Clubhouse. The year of professional development as a Youth Leader influenced many decisions he has made on campus. In addition to his school work, Diego has participated in community service projects with his fraternity while also balancing a work-study job at the registrar’s office.
“I worked hard on those characteristics as a Youth Leader, and as a result I knew how to prepare for my job interview and how to present myself,” says Diego. “Because my first job was a Youth Leader I had the experience and was confident going into my interview.”
Diego is still motivated by this journey. “Being in college is like when I came to the Music Clubhouse for the first time,” he says. “Initially I was a participant taking lessons, then I started to volunteer and mentor the younger kids. Then I got my dream job as the Music Clubhouse Youth Leader!”
When his former Music Clubhouse Director asked him what his goals are after he graduates from college, Diego responded, “They haven’t changed. I want YOUR job! I want to be a Music Clubhouse Director!”
About the Youth Leader Program
The Youth Leader program is a Music & Youth workforce development program that funds opportunities for Music Clubhouse members to be employed as mentors and teachers at their Music Clubhouse. For many, it is their first job experience.