Partnership with CRYJ

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Partnership with CRYJ

CRYJ Songwriting Intensive

Groovetrail is proud to have partnered with the Center for Restorative Youth Justice in creating an innovative songwriting course exclusively for the CRYJ community. Led by talented local musician Halladay Quist, this eight-week Songwriting Intensive will offer insight into writing lyrics, creating a song “hook”, as well as basic guitar chords and technique.

About the Center for Restorative Youth Justice

Through innovative restorative programming, CRYJ brings together those most affected by a crime or a conflict—creating opportunities for dialogue and powerful healing. Those at CRYJ believe in justice and crime prevention which focuses on the individuals and communities harmed as opposed to focusing only on what laws or rules were broken.

CRYJ’s programming promotes a fundamental shift in the way that we work together as a community – offering restorative approaches that actively engage youth, families, communities, and systems to repair harm and to prevent re-offending.

Joining Forces…

Groovetrail Founder Erica von Kleist spend much of her NYC tenure on working directly with at-risk youth. As a faculty member for Feel the Music – an organization that provides arts education for families who have experienced trauma, and the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance – a collaboration between Latin jazz greats and their communities, Erica has experienced the joy of bringing music and arts education to those who desperately need a source of expression. CRYJ’s belief in creating a healing, supportive environment for at-risk young people has laid the perfect framework for starting a music program for it’s community. The students who actively participate will not only benefit from the classes, they will also showcase their work at a coffee-house-style concert on December 4th, 2015 at CRYJ.

Erica working with the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance and its students
Erica working with the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance and its students