At YY&M, we believe that young people deserve second chances – or perhaps to have chances for the first time.

We work in Youth Justice settings to contribute to rehabilitation and to encourage young people to live secure, meaningful and socially responsible lives.

We encourage the children to make their own music, engaging the children with a range of musical genres and styles, along with an introduction and support to use music technology. This is a track written, performed and produced by one of our participants:

The young people we work with may display challenging behaviour, may have had patchy or disengaged experiences of formal education, and may have difficulty in forming social relationships. The musicians who work in these situations for YY&M are trained for the situation, and often they need to learn and abide by the procedures in place in Youth Justice.

We get some remarkable results – a song which is an apology to Mum, or expressing regret for their past actions. We have found hidden talent in lyric writing, enthusiastic performers, putting real effort into learning to play the guitar, and sometimes just a renewed interest in music and listening to lots of different styles.

Detailed case studies and information are impossible – young people’s identities have to be protected. So if you want to learn more, you’ll need to contact our team.

The young people taking part are now in the process of completing Bronze Arts Awards. Read our director, Gail Dudson’s full report on the project so far, here:

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Bronze Arts Award for Young People
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In 2016, we also ran a half day conference for people interested and already engaged in facilitating music sessions in youth justice settings, in partnership with Sheffield Music Education Hub and the University of Sheffield.

We’ve written a handy guide

Our ‘Getting the Best’ guide, specifically for teachers, teaching assistants and other members of staff working with young people in secure and controlled environments,  will help you to make the most of a visiting musician and the music project they come to deliver for you.

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Secure and Controlled
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