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Making Waves Success Story

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Our Making Waves project continues to be successful in supporting at-risk children and young people experiencing difficult challenges in their lives. Through weekly one-to-one music and media sessions, we are able to connect with them to support their self confidence and creativity.

“I feel very grateful for the time I have had with [ICM] and I hope to continue doing this in the future”

One of the young people we worked with this summer was referred to us through the Youth Offending Service following behavioral issues at school, as well as run-ins with the Police. It was felt that they were being led down the wrong path through peer pressure and gangs. After only a few sessions with one of our Music Tutors, we were proud to hear that the young person was enthusiastically attending job interviews in an effort to find employment. Over several weeks the young person worked with their tutor, building self confidence and creativity, as we promoted and reinforced the ideas of positive achievement through their music and media activities.

From the beginning of the sessions, the young person was very confident in what they wanted to do. They were eager to learn about creating music, learning how to record their own song and teaching them how to use different instruments and professional music equipment to create something that they were proud of.

Away from the distractions of others and dedicated one-on-one time with a Music Tutor, the young person showed great engagement and interest in music, it really lit a spark within them. They are now looking forward to attending other courses that ICM have to offer, with a particular interest in our weekly youth music project New Gen.

Our Youth Music projects like Making Waves don’t simply teach music, young people are also encouraged to progress into further learning and training as well as question their attitudes on issues such as gangs, drug use and misogyny.

The results speak for themselves with over:

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Written by Freya Swann whilst on a work experience placement with ICM. Thank you Freya!

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