Teenagers in Huntington, near Cannock, have been getting ‘in the mix’ at a course of DJ workshops thanks to South Staffordshire Housing Association.
The course was set up after local residents told SSHA that they wanted more “out of school” activities to keep youngsters busy and out of trouble. Members of the local youth club said they would like an activity based on music so SSHA worked with Staffordshire Young People's Service and donated £500 to get the course up and running.
Ten youngsters aged between 13 and 17 completed the course and tried their hand at mixing and ‘scratching’ using the latest DJ technology and vinyl. They also took home their own demo CD with a personally-designed front cover. Four of them also completed a Youth Achievement Award.
Seventeen year old Adam Champ enjoyed the course so much he is now a DJ tutor and mentor for the younger members. Adam commented “I learned a lot from my DJ tutor and now run sessions with some of the younger kids. They all seem to be picking it up well and are really enjoying the sessions. I think that DJ workshops are a great way to get young people involved in a project that they can really enjoy. It really does boost their confidence, attitude and teamwork. I would recommend it to anyone, it’s a blast!"
Jan Goode director of customer services at SSHA said “This project is great way of keeping local youngsters busy as well as improving their social skills and confidence. The fact that the project was shaped around the existing musical interests of the local kids makes it even more rewarding.”
The next course will start in August as part of the summer programme for more information about joining the course contact Julie Aleksejuk on 01543 571260.