The ACMF believe that it is critical to create an outlet for youth in detention to express themselves in a positive way rather than self harm or violence. Weekly programs are held in all but 2 detention centres across Australia, mentoring these young men and women through the magic of music. The classes are smaller than the school programs due to security reasons, 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. Classes take participants through the stages of songwriting, performance and recording their songs.
Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre
Ashley Youth Detention Centre
Banksia Hill Detention Centre / Rangeview Remand Centre
Bimberi Youth Detention Centre
Brisbane Youth Detention Centre
Cavan Youth Education Centre
Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre
Don Dale Juvenile Justice Centre
Emu Plains Juvenile Justice Centre
Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre
Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre
Magill Remand Centre
Malmsbury Youth Detention Centre
Melbourne Youth Justice Centre
Parkville Youth Residential Centre
Orana Juvenile Justice Centre
Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre
Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre
- Mental health benefits
- Reduce recidivism
- Engagement with learning
- Improve literacy and numeracy
- Incentive for good behaviour
These weekly sessions have proven to reduce aggression, 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.
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
Many young people have no clear direction upon release, but with skills and confidence they acquire in this program, they are able to see that they do have the potential to achieve positive outcomes in life.
Christine Blanch, Principal at Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre, NSW
It cannot be said highly enough how much ACMF sessions are looked forward to by the young people. It has been the most durable program on offer in the centre.
Steven Trewin, Programs Officer at Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre
95% of the boys I’ve taught have not come back into the centres!
Tom Soteriou, Cavan Youth Education Centre, Magill Remand Centre, SA