To provide Charles County youth with a sense of belonging and a creative outlet, the library will set up a recording booth with equipment and software for recording music and podcasts, with accompanying programming and themes designed by the teens.
Project Name: Drop the Mic Recording Studio
Purpose: To provide Charles County youth with a purpose, a sense of place and belonging, and a creative outlet.
Grant Funding Amount: $3,000
Key Elements: Recording booth stocked with equipment and media software for recording music & podcasts; programs with themes designed by teens; teens will have ownership of their creativity; teens mentoring teens; future expansion to additional library branches.
Target Audience: Teens, 13-17
Community Support: Library Board of Trustees, Washington DC recording studio techs, library's Youth Services department, Citizens 4 CCPL, Inspired Millennials (non-profit organization)
Use of grant funds: studio booth and recording equipment
Why: Statistics show that many Charles County youth do not participate in extracurricular activities (49%), report being bullied (19%), and feel sad or hopeless (25%).
Drop the Mic will be the only free, public recording studio for youth in Charles County.
The program can inspire and change lives by providing a safe place, helping teens build self esteem through creativity and ownership, and encouraging career aspirations.
Alonzo Kitchens, DauVeen Walker, and Tisha Tyler (not pictured)
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