WITH THESE HANDS MIX ACADEMY

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 366 George Liles PKWY NW PMB 150 c/o Claude Whitefield Jr Concord NC 28027 USA

Mission: Our mission is to offer youth ages 12-18 years old a fresh approach to learning through digital music creation. The program provides youth with conflict resolution education, entrepreneurial experiences, academic accountability and service projects through regular program meetings.
Results: We are currently fund-raising for our annual event to help purchase new equipment for our students.
Target demographics: Low-income children in the North Carolina area between 10 - 21 years old
Direct beneficiaries per year: 50-100 students per year
Programs: How to be a DJ, Controlling the Crowd, Turntablism 101, Serato 101, Business and Money Management, and Crowd & Gang Awareness

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 2007, I was introduced to With These Hands Mix Academy by my mother. She introduced me to this program because she knew I had a passion for music as I grew up. While with this program I became aware of how to present myself in a professional manner, and help me perform better as a public speaker. As time went by with this program, I started to notice what I wanted as my career instead of my job. Once, I knew what as i wanted as my career, which is a professional disc jockey, i based my graduation project off of it, and I obtained the perfect graduation award. I honestly recommend this program for not just those who want to be disc jockeys, but those who have a passion for music and want to understand the world of music better.

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

Public speaking, professionalism, the ways we listen to music, beat matching, and the business of music

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

Try to obtain more nationally known disc jockeys for the program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 2008, I was looking for an outlet for my children. Since music was always a way for me to help sooth their souls when they were smaller, I looked for things that would keep their attention and help them to focus. My oldest child had problems in school and amongst the vast majority of his peers. He was always in trouble, but he kept a set of headphones on. During my search I found With These Hands Mix Academy (a free program to teach children how to become disc jockeys). I never knew that this program would spark the interest of my children, but it did. I had finally found something that worked. My son became more aware of what he was doing, his behavior changed, his grades went from D's to A's. I was very impressed. He was no longer going to school to fight and talk back to teachers, he was learning how to control his anger through music. His senior year in high school was the day that I never thought that I would see. For his senior exit project, he chose to speak on the one thing that he loved, "Turntablism 101". He prepared his project with such care, making sure that each detail was carefully placed in its order. He went on to make the grade of 105 on his project and also received the "Perfect Project Graduation" award. Today, he is an instructor. Teaching younger students what he has learned, as well as being a disc jockey. With These Hands Mix Academy saved my child. He is now a confident young man with goals, values, and achievements. I thank this program and its mentors and instructors for leading the way and having a part in helping my son.

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Other community organizations feedback. They are very impressed by the way the students are able to dj as events. Their skills and trades.

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

Help them to get a bigger facility with more instructors to help serve more students.

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