Give a Beat was started as a positive way to energize the dance music community around the devastating impacts of mass incarceration and find innovative solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems. Using music as our common bond, Give a Beat is deploying programs and working on campaigns that give communities grappling with incarceration hope for a better future.
After the successful launch of our youth DJ workshops (we did 4 in 2015, serving 60 participants and are projected for 10 in 2016, serving 150 youth), we are looking to expand our programmatic outreach and begin a pilot entrepreneur mentorship program with music industry professionals and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Give a Beat’s DJ Workshops for youth are offered in collaboration with our existing partners, A Place Called Home, The Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club, Girls Rock Detroit, Arts for Incarcerated Youth and Homeboy Industries. The workshops are designed to promote self-confidence, empowerment, individuality, and healing from trauma. They also celebrate and encourage positive forms of self-expression through dance music.
Our collaborative partner organizations specialize in serving vulnerable youth who face multiple challenges towards following a positive life path. Many of the youth participants come from underserved communities that are grappling with poverty, crime and gang culture, over-policing, and incarceration of a family member. With the immense and varied challenges that these youth face, we have found one commonality of hope. Expression through music and dance can foster positive connections and be a powerful force in inspiring a future that breaks the cycle of poverty and incarceration.
We have an extensive network of professional DJ’s that volunteer for the workshops and we are always looking for more! Please contact us to learn more and get involved!
“On a New Track” ENTREPRENEUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Founder of Give a Beat, Lauren Segal, is working hand in hand with expert mentor program advisor, Dr. Dustianne North (PhD, MSW), and advisory board member, Sean Wilson, on building the “On a New Track” mentorship program that bridges a critical gap for previously incarcerated young people into leading productive lives and building successful careers. Read about our development team below.
Our program, which launches in the spring, will include some of the most effective practices in the field including an emancipatory curriculum that facilitates awareness about issues of oppression and how it plays a role in the lives of our youth. Since our mission is to energize the dance music community around the mass incarceration crisis, we have designed our program to connect previously incarcerated young people to professionals in the music industry who will serve as mentors to them as they shift into a self-sustaining life with viable career opportunities.
The program will be broken down into several phases, beginning with basic life skills such as an interpersonal skills assessment and self-esteem building, and career building skills such as resume writing and computer literacy. Mentees will be introduced to a variety of potential jobs within the music industry that may range from customer service, music technician, graphic designer, or even a self-employed DJ. Areas of interest and types of work mentees gravitate toward will be discovered through meetings, exploratory work, and studio time. Later, specific job responsibilities will be broken down into the most basic, common skills that mentees may already possess or could easily acquire.
Since confidence building is a key component of the mentorship program, mentees are encouraged to develop self-awareness around their personal abilities, talents, and interests as they learn how to apply these assets toward productive outlets that are both personally fulfilling and life-enhancing.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or just learning more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentor Development Team:
Dr. Dustianne North - PhD, Social Worker, Scholar, Activist
Her social services work has focused on direct services, as well as training and technical assistance, for programs servicing youth and their families in highly distressed situations (youth in poverty, foster care youth, youth on probation, homeless and runaway youth, children of prisoners).
Sean Wilson - Give a Beat Program Associate
As a member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Sean joined Give a Beat to spearhead our mentorship program. He earned an associates degree in business management and liberal arts as valedictorian while incarcerated. His TED Talk in 2014 entitled, “Fear,” explores the trials and tribulations of his life and how everyone has the potential to reinvent themselves.