One opportunity. One experience.

One opportunity. One experience.

Our team and our agency are all about doing awesome things for kids. So while it didn’t happen in a school, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this story about kids creating something awesome.

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One opportunity. One experience. Sometimes that’s all it takes to change your life.

Grant Williams is an independent DJ and recorder, who also works in music sales. Brian Clark is a member of a band for which Grant DJs. Brian runs the Boys & Girls Club near Drake.

One opportunity. One experience. Sometimes that’s all it takes to change your life. Volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club can change your life. Being in the Boys & Girls Club can change your life.

Recently, Brian asked Grant to work on a project with him: he needed someone to run a sound studio for some musicians. These musicians aren’t your typical musicians. These musicians are kids. These musicians are 5-14 years old. These musicians are members of the Boys & Girls Club. 

Every Wednesday the kids come together with volunteers like Grant and Brian to sing, rap, make beats – whatever they want to contribute. Grant brings in his recording equipment, and they also have access to keyboards, drums, etc. Once everything is set up they let the kids go! And then record it, of course. After the kids have an opportunity to create, Grant does the post-production work and helps the kids put their music together into actual songs. Grant said, “the goal is to create an album by the end of the school year.” 

One opportunity. One experience. Sometimes that’s all it takes to change your life. Music can change your life. Producing an album can change your life.

The movement is growing. They are the only Boys & Girls Club music program in the Des Moines area that Grant knew of, so they have opened up their “studio time” to other Boys & Girls Clubs as well. Grant told me, “I like working with kids and I love music. It’s an opportunity for these kids to do something they aren’t getting anywhere else. I would definitely do it again.” The kids are working through the real creating, recording, editing, and production process with music professionals.

While they don’t have specific plans for their album yet, they do plan to send a copy of the finished product home with each of the contributing musicians.

One opportunity. One experience. Sometimes that’s all it takes to change your life.