We work with 12-25 year olds and tailor our workshops to each group we work with. Our workshops can include creative writing, songwriting, music making, performing, public speaking, poetry, analysis of political rhetoric within rap and hip hop, think tanks and seminars on social issues and movements and discussions on gender issues within contemporary culture. Below are a few examples of groups that we work with. Our summer 2017 programming is running at The Guidance Center of Westchester from July 5th. NYPL Workshops begin October 3rd.
TEENs with SUBSTANCE ABUSE issues
We believe that the incorporation of creative arts therapy in a program can be the difference between young people staying sober or falling off the wagon. Addiction is treated as a physical condition, but the mental, emotional and personal reasons at the root of the disease are often ignored. We equip SoundBoarders with the creative skills they need to find catharsis through expression, and an outlet through music, writing and performance, instead of through substance abuse.
NEET (not in education, employment or training)
Music, rap, hip hop and access to hands on, vocational, creative practice can engage young people where other programs fail. Engagement and participation are the first steps for many young people in re-entering education, employment or training. SoundBoarders also develop applicable skills like confidence, public speaking ability, editing, marketing, event and project management.
By incorporating Sound Board workshops into GED programs, students are given the opportunity to apply their learning to the world around them, studying the literary and musical influences and predecessors of their favorite current artists and deconstructing popular lyrics. SoundBoarders develop writing, analytical and debate skills, engage in discussions and produce creative works that explore the links between politics, popular culture and social movements.
Sound Board works in low-income communities offering platforms to young people who may not have access to fair opportunities, resources and support. We match SoundBoarders to mentors, and run workshop series' that cover creative writing, songwriting and musical tuition, performance devising, directing and critical commentaries on popular culture, artists, lyrics, politics and social action. Our goal is to empower SoundBoarders, equip them with lifelong skills, fan their interests and passions, create safe spaces for self-expression and self-actualization and foster community cohesion.
The gender equality track
Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. - Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
We promote the importance and effectiveness of addressing gender biased issues, like domestic violence, sexual assault, income inequality and LGBTQ rights through create expression and performance. SoundBoarders scope the impact of messages transmitted through popular culture on the public consciousness, and explore counterbalance approaches. We believe that the future of gender equality relies on young men and women being involved in the same conversations, and our goal is to provide the spaces and the means to make those conversations happen.