Empowering Youth Through Musical Self Expression


Therapy. Empowerment. Music.


Our program consists of semi-weekly workshops and drop-in clinics over a twelve week period, culminating in a live public performance. Program participants will take part in a weekly music listening and journaling component, shaping their experiences into an original song. Each week a key member of the community will serve as an inspirational guest instructor with expertise in the week's topic of focus. Surviving The Odds Project will also provide transportation and meals for each meeting to all of the program participants.


Once the program participants have been determined an orientation session will be held to cover the program goals, outline, and materials. In addition, they will be offered a life skills interview and assessment provided by Opening The World


Participants will be instructed in the topic of songwriting and guided to brainstorm song themes and determine their preferred musical genre in which to work. This includes writing original lyrics and developing the beat and melody.

PHASE 2: Recording

During this phase, participants will record and refine their songs with professional engineers at The Legion Beats. They will be coached on how to make their song sound exactly as intended and it will be fully mixed and mastered.

Phase 3: VIDeo production

Program participants will be trained in the basics of video production equipment and editing, and will create a music video for their songs under the supervision of the Community Media Center of Marin.

PHASE 4: performance

Participants will be trained on the essential aspects of public performance, including emotion, stage presence, and image.

Phase 5: completion

A community concert and graduation ceremony will be held to showcase all the participants' hard work. A compilations CD and DVD of their songs and videos will be available to purchase. In addition, a $100 stipend will be awarded to each participant who successfully completes the program.

music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue
— plato