Youth on Record | Denver, Colorado

Youth on Record is a Denver-based nonprofit founded by members of the band Flobots. The innovative nonprofit celebrated the grand opening of its Youth Media Studio, located in the Mariposa community in Denver, in the spring of 2015.

Youth on Record has developed a curriculum that helps at-risk students — both in Denver Public Schools and residential treatment centers — re-engage with the educational system by contracting with working musicians who teach the students various aspects of music production via for-credit courses. These classes provide an incentive that keeps students committed to education while providing valuable skills for careers in arts production.

Both the classes and the mentoring offered by Youth on Record’s musician-instructors empower and encourage young people in some of Denver’s most vulnerable communities to graduate and develop the skills they need to enter the workforce or pursue post-secondary education.

The organization’s new Youth Media Studio was selected as the anchor tenant for the Denver Housing Authority’s award-winning La Mariposa redevelopment project based on its commitment to community, its cultural and artistic relevance, and its ability to reach and teach Denver’s most vulnerable youth populations.

The Boettcher Foundation grant specifically helped to fund a community lounge space in the Youth Media Center where students can collaborate on poetry and lyrical projects. Several nationally known musicians, including Chali 2na from the acclaimed Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, have already led workshops in the space.

The Boettcher Foundation was proud to support Youth on Record because of its culturally relevant and effective programming and its success in uniting members of Denver’s vibrant music scene together around an important educational cause.

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