The ACMF believe that it is critical to create an outlet for youth in detention to express themselves in a positive way, to engage with each other and their teachers in a co-operative, creative environment that will enhance their self-esteem ability to make a positive contribution to society. Weekly programs are held in detention centres across Australia, mentoring these young men and women through the magic of music. The classes are smaller than the school programs but the impact is still huge. We have many examples of detainees who are now on release and enrolled in training programs for the music industry such as audio engineering.
Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct
- Mental health benefits
- Reduce recidivism
- Engagement with learning
- Improve literacy and numeracy
- Incentive for good behaviour
These weekly sessions have proven to reduce aggression, self-harm, violence and negativity and to enhance creative expression, self esteem and positivity. Given the relatively small size of these classes, the mentoring is exceptionally powerful, making an observable impact on the young men and women involved. Youth are taught many different aspects of creativity and musical expression, including songwriting, performance and recording. Through these mentoring sessions and musical therapy, many of the youth when released, go on to become enrolled in training programs for the Australian music industry.
ACMF Programs contribute to our students' moral and social development. Through successful learning experiences and the opportunity to contribute to a team, students gain a deeper understanding of the nature and purpose of their lives and how they can make a positive contribution to society. The increased self-esteem and faith in their own ability following participation in the ACMF program is clearly visible even in the initial stages of the program. Our students benefit from the respect that is generated within their peer group as a result of their work together as a tam. This is a direct result of the respect the Banton Brothers extend to the girls fostering a collaborative, creative environment contusive to the production of quality music and self-expression.
James Opie, Principal at Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre, NSW
The physiological benefits of participants involved in the ACMF program include stress release, motivation, improved emotional and cognitive skills, including self esteem and problem solving.
Shane Stanton, Principal at Ashley Youth Detention Centre, TAS
95% of the boys I’ve taught have not come back into the centres!
Tom Soteriou, Cavan Youth Education Centre, Magill Remand Centre, SA