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Engaging Youth: Youth Development and Music Education

Eryn Johnson, Executive Director of the Community Art Center in Cambridge, MA

Laurie Jo Wallace, Managing Director of Training and Capacity Building, Health Resources in Action


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About This Event

Music community-based arts programming is the perfect medium for implementing a youth-centered, youth-development approach to working with young people. And, building your music education program on the youth-development approach and philosophy is a powerful way to help young people develop strong identities, creative skills, and connections to their community. This one-hour introductory presentation introduces youth workers and music educators to ways of reinforcing the natural alignment between youth-development principles and strong arts-learning experiences.  It is presented by Eryn Johnson and Laurie Jo Wallace, of the BEST Initiative/Health Resources in Action, trainers certified in the youth development approach and experienced teaching artists. 

This event is for…

Young artists and music educators interested in creative youth development.  


  • Define positive youth outcomes and the youth-development approach 

  • Articulate the levels of youth participation

  • Assess their own practice in relation to the youth-development approach  

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