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 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!
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.
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.