Providing Innovative Music Therapy to At-Risk Youth in Marin County
Through reflective self-exploration, musical self-expression, and the support of a dedicated staff, program participants will be given a healthy outlet in which to cope with their emotions and traumatic experiences with the goal of preventing the likelihood of substance abuse, self-injurious behaviors, and involvement with the criminal justice system. Because of the accessibility of our program and the lived experience of our team, STOP fulfills a need that cannot be provided by the formal system of care.
The goal of the STOP program is for all participants to create and record individual songs and work together to make group songs featuring STOP staff and peer mentors. They will also create music videos for each of their songs. At the end of the program, there will be a graduation ceremony and community performance to showcase their songs and music videos. Participants will receive a stipend, wall plaque, completion certificate, t-shirt, and a compilation CD for their program’s graduating class.
Ideal STOP program participants are at-risk TAY who live in Marin county, including students from the four continuation high schools - Madrone, San Andreas, Marin Oaks, and County Community School. Potential participants face a myriad of issues, including childhood abuse, neglect and trauma, poverty, family conflict, incarcerated or absent parent(s), racism and social inequality, substance use and/or exposure, depression or previous suicide attempt(s), or having to deal with a family member with any of the above risk factors.
Get in touch with us to set up an interview, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to inquire whether our program is right for you.
Taking a look at our own thoughts, feelings, behaviors and motivations allows us to understand the roots of who we are and find answers to all the questions we have about ourselves. This awareness leads to acceptance of who we are and why we do what we do, which improves self-esteem, communication and relationships.
Setting forth our thoughts, feelings, and opinions in writing lyrics enables us to reveal aspects of our character and uncover our authentic selves. This gives us the ability to become the leading role in our own life story, contribute to any situation in which we find ourselves, and find freedom from the fear of how others will receive what we want to express.
Delivering avenues of communication for those who find it difficult to express themselves, research has shown music to be an effective means of providing emotional support for people and their families. Music offers a healthy outlet for the expression of feelings, preventing the likelihood of substance abuse and other harmful behaviors.
Use the form below to contact us regarding how to become a program participant. Please in include your name, age, city of residence, and your contact info. One of our Outreach Coordinators will be in touch shortly. You may also email or call us to make an appointment.
For information on contributing to the program, with either your time, talent, or expertise, we’re always looking for exceptional people to collaborate with.