Unleashing Creativity in Youth

The Creative Recording Initiative gave youth like Fredlyne a chance to shine.

This summer, youth at Courtland Shelley Community Centre were able to come together over their love of music – and emerge with new skills that showcase their talents and creativity! 

These young musicians learned how to record their music, thanks to a partnership between the City of Kitchener and House of Friendship called the Creative Recording Initiative. 

This pilot project set up youth with equipment, including their own computers, expertise from experienced recording technicians, and help to set up a mini-studio at Courtland Shelley where they recorded their music. 

Fredlyne, 16, and Mya, 18, were among the youth to take part, getting a chance to explore their love of music. 

“I loved being able to learn new things,” said Mya. “I’m excited to learn how to use this equipment, and to be able to do this on my own at home.” 

“It was incredible to get to hang out together and make music,” added Fredlyne. 

Together, youth were able to create and record an original song, called On My Own. All those who completed the pilot project were able to keep their equipment after the program. 

When barriers are removed for youth who are living on low income, their creativity is unleashed as they change their odds and have the opportunity to shine!

Posted on: December 23rd, 2022

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