From Our Program Hosts:
"Working with Project Rhythm for the past two years has been an amazing experience for my students. In addition to empowering them and increasing their self-confidence, they had an opportunity to problem solve and work with students other than their friends. They have learned so much about writing and performing; all the while having a positive and fun learning experience."
Diane Rigo - English Teacher, Brooklyn School for Career Development
“Project Rhythm has had an enormous impact on the Camp AmeriKids program and has become a central part of our camp culture. The hands-on workshops led by the staff of Project Rhythm allows children with different skills and personalities to participate fully, whether on stage as performers in our Talent Show, or behind the scenes as song writers, composers and editors. While learning about music, our campers develop collaboration skills, active listening, and learn how to support and respect each other through the creative process. Each child feels connected to the final product, and can proudly share it with his or her peers. For years, we’ve watched Project Rhythm inspire our kids to speak up, give their opinions and insight, and discover a deep sense of pride in their contributions.
It is so important, given the challenges that many of our kids are facing, to create spaces where they feel empowered and valued. It is wonderful to see children build self esteem through a process whereby they discover their own talents, and to know that they carry this confidence into other areas of their lives. We are incredibly grateful for the work that Project Rhythm has done with our campers and hope it can continue for years to come. “
Gaby Moss - Executive Director, Camp AmeriKids
This is an amazing organization! I’m an art therapist and work with inner city teens, so I know firsthand the far reaching benefits of arts education on so many areas of development. I’ve witnessed Project Rhythm’s fantastic work at Camp AmeriKids. Music is something kids are naturally drawn to, and they generate their own enthusiasm. Their gains in skills and self-esteem are awesome to see.
Helen Ellis, Volunteer and Supporter
“Project Rhythm allows campers to see what they have in common and to express themselves through music, the medium which is by far the most influential in their lives. It is nothing short of truly life changing for them. That's what Project Rhythm brings to the table.”
Steve Kidd - Program Director, Camp AmeriKids
"To see how these guys were really quiet and to see how they then helped to create music and make beats and started talking a lot and became leaders...it's been really amazing to see the growth.
Timothy Ryan - Staff, Camp AmeriKids
"Being a part of Project Rhythm has been such an inspiring opportunity to build community through the arts with young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. As a teacher, I have worked intensively alongside Project Rhythm instructors to cultivate the students' voices in a safe space and enable them to tell their powerful stories and build self confidence. Carrying their voices from the page to the studio where they become agents in the production of their own work, I have born witness to the emergence of young empowered writers, directors, musicians, and engineers working together to solve problems and support one another as they meet their powerful reflections, sometimes for the first time. Project Rhythm is a refuge for young people in inner cities who work tirelessly to uphold tough exteriors and battle mainstream discriminatory assumptions and stereotypes; transforming bravery in to beats, hopelessness into harmony, rage into riffs, and sorrow into song, it has been miraculous to be a part of such a joyful community."
Samara Gaev - BAM/ Brooklyn Reads Host Instructor and Project Rhythm Junior Board Member
From Our Students:
""Well first I gotta say without listening, communication, creativity or collaboration you won't get far in this game. And that's what I got from Project Rhythm. Since working with Project Rhythm, I went out and met new people and was inspired to work hard and I started my own company. I love what I do. Project Rhythm helped me find my goals in life."
Shingi - Project Rhythm Graduate
“Project Rhythm helps me get out of my shell… it's like wow, I can do this? I can play the piano, I can write songs. It gives me confidence. It’s a really great experience."
Tamika - Project Rhythm Student
"In here you can let yourself be free, you can say what you gotta say, you can let it all out, you can cry, you can laugh.
Thank you for this opportunity. I could have been roaming the halls doing nothing, which I was doing, but I got a job and I'm happy for myself."
Danielle - Project Rhythm Student
"Project Rhythm has opened my eyes in a positive way using a different and smart method, music. Some people help kids chase their dreams, but thanks to Jamin and Project Rhythm, kids live those dreams. They've impacted and continue to impact my life greatly and I'm forever grateful. Project Rhythm is inspiration."
Rodney - Project Rhythm Graduate
“Confidence and teamwork can take you a long way, and that's what you get from Project Rhythm."
Tyshawn - Project Rhythm Student
"This means a lot to me. I never really had someone take the time out to listen to what I had to say."
Lisa - Project Rhythm Student
"It's cooperative and supportive and terrifical and I didn't know it would be this much fun."
Jantee - Project Rhythm Student