By Matt Miller
The Denver Post
POSTED: 05/09/2015 12:01:00 AM MDT
Students, with headphones on, sit glued to computers at the new Youth on Record facility in the La Mariposa redevelopment project in Denver. Bright orange-and-yellow curved letters painted by local graffiti artists decorate the walls, and the room smells of the recently potted plants placed among the drums, guitars and various other instruments around the teens.
They’re learning Ableton Live — the premier music production and performance program used by professional artists around the world — for a class on basic audio production and MC school, taught by local hip-hop artist Molina Speaks. Tapping away at keyboards, adjusting levels and tracks in the music software, the students are earning valuable elective credits and marching toward high school diplomas.
Youth on Record executive director Jami Duffy says, “Our mission is to really get (students) inspired by the teachers that we send into the classroom.” (Brent Lewis, The Denver Post)
On Friday, Youth on Record will publicly unveil its completed $2 million Youth Media Studio at 1301 W. 10th Ave. in the La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood. Parts of the facility have been in use for the past year.
The students, who come from Colorado High School Charter, are among those in Denver Public Schools badly in need of credits to graduate. Nearly 90 percent of teens involved in Youth on Record identify as students of color, 96 percent qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches and all are at risk of not graduating from high school.
But with for-credit classes through Youth on Record — including civics in hip-hop, audio production, music fundamentals and social solutions — the students are working to get back on track to graduate high school. Read More