Are you a DJ? Do you want to work with Children in Challenging Circumstances?

Posted on May 28th, by Rebeka in Training, YYM News. No Comments

YYM would like to announce a BRAND NEW training  course…

30th September and 1st October at Darts in Doncaster (10 – 4 pm both days)
The Point, 16 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR
FREE but you will need to bring lunch

Darts is fairly central ( and about ten minutes walk from Doncaster Station. The Point has a café (which is good and good value).

This training will show you how to plan and deliver DJ workshops which support young people in challenging circumstances of all kinds, to help them achieve their full potential. You will get the opportunity to discuss what to do when difficult circumstances arise, which will also be useful for working with all young people in general.

The training isn’t about DJ skills – we’re working on the basis that you’re already a good DJ.

We know that young people can have strong allegiances to particular styles of music, and be dismissive of other music which – to a pair of different ears – might sound quite similar. In these workshops, we will encourage you to think about engaging young people by using a variety of different styles. You’ll also get the chance to network with other, similar musicians about the styles you work in.

There is a demand for DJs in music education settings. The reason we’re running this training is that DJ and urban music skills are the ones which young people often request to learn, but there tend not to be ‘qualified teachers’ and the like who have these skills. People who do have the skills (i.e. you!) need to learn how to work with these young people – who are in challenging circumstances but can themselves also be a challenge to work with – so that the young people get good experiences, and you get rewarding and satisfying work. But it is hard work, and it always needs careful thought, planning and management. Projects with these young people might include Young Offenders, people excluded from school or educated out-of-mainstream, they may be Looked After (which means in care), or their lives might be affected by drugs or alcohol. They might have low confidence and poor motivation, or they may have some learning difficulties.

We hope you’ll join us.

After the training, we can organise placements for those who would like them, working alongside people with experience of children in challenging circumstances, so that you can get some first hand facilitation experience and start to make contacts with relevant organisations in the region.

Please e mail to express your interest in attending. Spaces are not guaranteed and are limited. We will only allocate places to those with the necessary DJ skills (evidenced by a portfolio or CV).

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