RHYTHM - an acronym for “Reaching Halifax Youth Through Harmony and Music” - is a unique program for youth aged 16-23. Participants work with professional DJs to build self-confidence, self-esteem and move towards a positive self-image. Participants will learn the skills involved in disc jockeying and how to use the latest technologies — all at no cost to the participants. The program is an eight week course to learn the basics of beat mixing, and scratching.
This program provides:
- Employability and life skills that will result in improved self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Reinforcement of skills through the development of professional and personal growth
- Identification of strengths and addressing barriers
- A supportive environment to develop life, employability and occupational skills to become more integrated and have a greater respect for the community as a whole
…all while having fun!
Upon completion of the program, each participant will be awarded a certificate, a recording of their own mix and a gift certificate to help get them on the road to using their skills on their own.
DJs help youth turn the tables on shyness - The Globe and Mail, Melanie Patten (The Canadian Press)
Here, professional disc jockeys show young people how to turn the table on shyness and low self-esteem as part of an innovative weekly class.
You never know – you could have the next protégé here that could become the next big thing.
Read an interview with RHYTHM participant DJ Ace in Teens Now Talk magazine: DJ Ace: Spinning His Way To The Top
What People are saying about RHYTHM
I think RHYTHM is a very, very good thing to have. My daughter loved it. She liked the DJs and everyone who worked there.
DJ-ing also helps boost confidence, self esteem and all in a noticeable way, as when they leave the course, the kids are arguably more suited to the real life.
How Do I Get Involved?
If an individual is already associated with a case management agency, then they can speak directly to their case manager about referral to RHYTHM.
If an individual is not already case managed, but wishes to participate in a particular program, they can contact reachAbility anytime for contact numbers for a case management agencies or questions regarding the referral process.
For more information about RHYTHM, please contact Lindsay@reachability.org or call us at (902) 429-5878.
Specific accommodation(s) available upon request.
You have two options to fill out the referral form. You can either fill it out online, or download it to e-mail or fax it back to us. If you choose to download, please right click on “WORD,” and click on “Save As.”
Fill out the referral form online here: [ONLINE FORM]
Download the referral form here: [WORD]