Artist Mentorship Program

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

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Location: 6028 S.E. 91st ave 6028 S.E. 91st ave portland OR 97266 USA

Mission: The Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) creates art and music opportunities for youth in a safe and healthy environment. AMP helps youth gain confidence by building artistic, social, and emotional skills through the arts. Youth are mentored and given instruction by working professional artists and musicians in the Portland community.
Geographic areas served: Portland

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Absolultely impressive and stunning. I learned about AMP through a co-worker when I was struggling to find funds to help two of my students gain access to an art program that was extremely cost-prohibitive. AMP rallied behind the cause and together we raised over $5000 to pay their tuition, room and board for the summer, they now have art portfolios that they have taken to college review days - and the colleges are liking what they see and offering them money. AMP was a HUGE stepping stone in the lives of these two young men, a huge stepping stone toward a future that may not otherwise have materialized. Support the magic that AMP produces for the lives of at-risk and homeless youth - I support them fully!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Scholarship fundraiser, spring 2009, and also the Glass Ball fundraiser event last fall.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their heart, their drive, and their professionalism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Visionary, passionate, dedicated, driven!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fill in the cracks where our kids keep falling - they fill a vital need in the gap that keeps widening with the demise of our school system - if they had 10 million bucks they would revolutionize with love, music and art!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to continue participating!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

A solid and stable access to capital so that they're mission can be strongly implemented.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have supported this non profit for a few years now, and as I do so remotely, living in the United Kingdom I keep abreast of their program via updated emails and facebook. The british music industry supports this non profit and many working musicians have pledged their affiliation with AMP. Rehabilitating at risk youth through the arts is a task that should not go unrecognised. Keep up the good work!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Grow the program to other states and cities across the United States.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I worked with homeless and at risk youth for a decade and by the time I moved on in my career I had a firm understanding of what it takes to help these kids succeed. Homeless youth's basic needs being met is important but what gives them the drive to one day meet their own needs is purpose. Artist Mentorship Program, "AMP", provides the perfect setting for a youth to derive purpose in their lives. A kid gets to learn and experiment with creating their own music and art and they are taught by real artists and musicians. AMP builds self esteem in youth who have very little to show for themselves and very few positive experiences to brag about. I have referred youth from my current work to AMP and they have thrived in the setting. I donate money to AMP because it is a unique resource offering an experience in the art world that is usually only accessible to the privileged.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

One youth I referred there is now making weekly podcasts of his music and posting them on the web. Another youth I referred there has finished a full album of songs and is now ready to hit the studio and complete his first recording.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

musicians and artists that are volunteering their time and talent in an effort to teach youth music and art.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Artist Mentorship Program is one of those amazing programs where, after you hear the mission statement, you think, "BRILLIANT!". Homeless youth are in situations that can be very complicated and often need guidance, support and information. AMP allows homeless youth a structured, supportive environment where youth can make/learn music from talented, professional musical mentors. It is one of those rare marriages of theory and practice; both the mentors and the youth express how lucky they are to have a safe place to BE to express themselves musically. As a small business owner in this crazy economic time, I wish I could make quarterly (significant) donations to AMP. I do what I can, when I can, but AMP needs more support. Please help support homeless youth in Portland have a safe place to learn to be themselves in this insane world. It only takes one small gesture of kindness sometimes to make a significant difference in someone's life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Motivated, compassionate, empathetic, helpful....

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world as we know it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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