Mission: To put kindness, guidance, and support into practice with the use of music education, music creation, and performance that will help our youth to become caring, career minded, and community focused citizens who will impact their environment in a positive way.
Target demographics: provide a safe environment for youth to explore their creativity through music.
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,700 youth
Geographic areas served: Under served communities throughout Louisville, KY
Programs: AMPED provides free access to education, instruments, technology and performance opportunities for Louisville's young minds to thrive through the power of music. Local musicians also hang out in the studio as volunteer mentors.
AMPED students receive hands-on training of the music business through production, distribution and marketing. AMPED students are trained in the various skills such as guitar, drums, piano, audio production, video production, and more. The students are then given the opportunity to take the skills that they have learned and begin to be paid for teaching those skills to others in organizations outside of AMPED. The students are paired with an AMPED mentor in this process. This helps the student to become empowered and it gives them the tools to become independent and productive citizens that can play a significant role in charting their own path.
AMPED is an amazing community partner! They come in to the local detention center for youth and provide workshops and curriculum. The kids love their programming and see the benefits. We also have realized what valuable partner they are outside our building because our youth initiate connections to the AMPED program once they are released!
We couldn't ask for a better partner to serve our city's most vulnerable youth.
As a board, I'm encouraged and excited by the impact AMPED is making on the behavior and grades of these middle and high school children. They get to hone their talents with nurturing teachers while building important bonds with one another. Some of the children are even taking these skills to the next level and start businesses. AMPED continues and will continue to create value in the Louisville community.
I was blessed to have the opportunity of watching Amped grow into this beautiful non profit that it is today. You know a program is doing what it is supposed to when the kids just hang around, it is their safe place. You know a program is doing what it is supposed to when the parents don't just drop off their kids, they hang around. Now, not only is it a safe place, it is a place for our community to grow and be great together. I believe in the foundation of this mission, I believe in its greats works of AMPED. ANY kid that steps through these door is greeted with the opportunity to be undeniably SUCCESSFUL!
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I must first admit my bias as Executive Director and Founder of AMPED. With that said let me tell you that at AMPED we lead with our heart. We strongly believe in the quote, “No one cares what you know until they know that you care.”