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Real Life. My Music. strives to develop positive self-esteem in youth while providing them with the necessary tools to make favorable decisions in an urban environment. While using music and the arts as a medium, "Real Life. My Music." endeavors to instill leadership values into inner city youth while encouraging them to rebuild the city.
Real Life. My Music. is a nonprofit organization created to provide a musical and artistic outlet to inner city youth in Detroit, MI. With the Detroit Public School system closing schools and cutting budgets, one of the first programs to go is music followed by the arts. We firmly believe that music and the arts can instill valuable characteristics in inner city youth while keeping them off the streets and providing them with options to further their education beyond the high school diploma.
Real Life. My Music. works to improve the quality of life for youth by providing inspiration and hope when they are most vulnerable using art and music.
Real Life. My Music. provides Detroit youth an after school safe haven from inner city violence where they can express themselves through art and music. We meet with the children right at their school to make it as simple and safe for them as possible. Our desire is that by mentoring them, helping them to develop their talents in art, music and dance, and taking them on Saturday field trips, they will develop the needed confidence in themselves and their abilities to be successful in life.
Goal 1: Provide Detroit youth with musical and artistic outlets that would hopefully deter them from more negative alternatives
Goal 2: Provide Detroit youth with a safe haven from street violence
Goal 3: Instill motivating characteristics in inner city youth
Goal 4: Serve as an ally with the public school system in order to increase the graduation rate of the city of Detroit.
Goal 5: Give inner city youth a reason to smile again.
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