Creative expressions connect with a vital component of young people’s lives, and are readily accessible for individuals who find written and oral communications difficult. In addition, creative expression can open doors for youth to establish positive habits related to self-image. The Beat of Boyle Street, therefore, creates an opportunity to move youth-at-risk from activities related to crime and self-destruction toward positive alternatives.
Music allows each of us to express ourselves—our hopes dreams, desires, fears, angers and frustrations. This program asks: How do these youth make sense of their lives through the music they listen to, the sounds of the city they inhabit, and the music they will create? Music allows us to communicate ideas and emotions that we may not be able to express otherwise. Groups of people can be momentarily united by the music they hear and create. In this regard, music reflects the values and sense of being in a shared community.
The Beat of Boyle Street will continue to evolve. The future is broad and unknown. The heart of the program will not change though. The Beat of Boyle Street will remain a place for creativity, expression, self discovery, healing, and empowerment.
Relate - Educate – Elevate!
Beat of Boyle Street: Originally made possible through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the University of Alberta, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Boyle Street Education Centre staff and to a very resilient and talented youth population committed to making music.