Gets Locked Up!
Youth Entertainment Studios, Inc.
(YES) and Tidewater Detention Home (TDH) entered into a unique
partnership to launch a music recording studio inside the Chesapeake,
VA juvenile detention facility to assist in reducing the recidivism
rate. The initiative was funded by a grant from the National Endowment
for the Arts and The City of Chesapeake. The project was the brainchild
of Chesapeake City Manager, Mr. Clarence Cuffee and was enthusiastically
embraced by Ms. Cookie Roberts, City of Chesapeake Director of
Human Services, and TDH Director, Mr. Sam Taylor.
The recording studio project engages residents at the detention
facility in a three-week module designed to use music creation
as a therapeutic exercise that enables participants to express
a range of emotion in a positive, creative environment and introduce
participants to music production technology.
After the participants are released back into the community they
are encouraged to continue their experience at YES sites in several
neighborhoods in the South Hampton Roads area. Approximately 30
youth participated in the project during the first year. Van Jones
and Tamisha Henry of TDH manage the project. Christopher Varlack
and Marcell Haggie of YES trained the TDH staff during the first
year of the project.