DYNAMIC CHARACTER EDUCATION designed for students ages 7-13 (grades 3-8) offered at no-cost to 10 schools in the fall of 2015
What do you get when you combine the best of pop-culture and character education in a program whose components have won 5 National Top-Level Awards and created positive behavioral transformation in hundreds of youth?
It’s the “Youth Under Construction SCHOOLS PROGRAM”…
This “Musical Character Education Program” initiative (20 yrs. in development) engages the entire student body, in and out of school. We are seeking 10 schools- on a first-come basis- to pilot the program this fall. The program (valued at $2,500 per school) will be offered at no cost to them.
This is THE ONLY program that uses the Award-Winning music, video & curriculum of the “Youth Under Construction” project. Students that experience the program:
• Enjoyed it and expressed that it “opened their eyes” and raised their self-awareness about issues that include respect & resilience (bullying), self-discipline, empathy and more.
• Shared that it inspired them to resist committing acts of violence and gang activity.
If your school, or one you know of could be a prospect for this opportunity, email us via the link below, or call 619-732-6639.
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We are pleased to present the first “video version” of the complete “Youth Under Construction by Mello-D” music project! We will be updating this video- with more images and live clips- on a regular basis. Subscribe to our email list to get notified when the video is updated and check back often to view the latest version.
PARENTING MAGAZINE called it “cool enough to appeal to tweens, clean enough to win a parent’s okay”
DOWNLOAD THE AWARD-WINNING MUSIC NOW from your favorite music store, to your computer, tablet or music player by clicking the links below
“THEY ALL COME OUT”
We’ve all been there. You are going about your daily routine, minding your own business, and SURPRISE!- out of nowhere- comes a distraction or unexpected situation. This is the premise behind a new song by Mello-D, titled “They All Come Out for Halloween”. A new just-released video was created with youth and their families in the town of Armada, Mich., which can be viewed here, below.
That song and many others will be performed at a fundraising event for the new “Youth Under Construction- Lyric Power Anti-Bully” Program. Here are the details:
Mello-D Friends & Fiends- “They All Come Out for Halloween & Youth!” Wed., Oct. 24, 8:30-10:30 pm @ O’Mara’s Restaurant, 2555 12 Mile Rd. in Berkley (12 Mile & Coolidge). COVER: $10 Adults, $5 youth under 12 yrs.
COSTUME CONTEST WITH PRIZES, RAFFLE AND GIVEAWAYS!!
This is a fundraiser for Pages to Stages, a 501(c) 3 org. that promotes positive youth programs. Proceeds will benefit the presentation of an anti-bullying program in a local elementary school. SPREAD THE WORD AND SEE YOU THERE!! For more info call 248-545-4411.
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“Kids Deserve a Better Rap.” This is a slogan and one of the main purposes of the music and dance group that I direct and produce, called Mello-D’s “Youth Under Construction” (MDYUC). Prior to the start of a concert on Belle Isle this past July
1st, new member Erielle J. Bell read her opinion on rap lyrics, and I would like to share it with you:
“I think kids deserve a better rap because some of the lyrics in today’s songs are inappropriate for children. Rap music is okay if it has no cursing. Most of the videos go right along with the songs. They have nasty images and the dancers dance in a disrespectful way. The songs and videos do not teach children any good lessons, and the rappers are not very good role models. Also, I think they do not educate youths to become better people. That’s why kids deserve a better rap!”
For those not familiar with MDYUC, it is important that we set the record straight. Our policy is to never force or tell anyone what they should watch or listen to. One of our songs, called “Opinions (I’ve Got Mine)” features these lyrics: “If you don’t judge me, I won’t judge yougive me constructive feedback from a positive view”. So to single out rappers and say they are bad would be inconsistent with our positive message. Our CD’s title track assumes that youth “know the difference between right and wrong” and we believe they do. However, knowing and acting out are two different things.
So many young people get caught up in the infectious or tantalizing beat of a song and excuse the lyrical content, saying,
“I don’t listen to the words, I just like the beat!” Yet I’ve watched them mouth the words as they listen to the beat and they can recite every single lyric on a track. How is this possible? It’s simple: our minds are very powerful.
The memory does not judge what it takes in. The most powerful computers in the world today still cannot compete with the human brain. So what goes into our memory DOES affect us and stays with us. Have you ever heard a song that you just could not get out of your head?
On the MDYUC website, www. youngpop.org, we asked that question as a survey-poll, and almost all of the 300 voters answered “YES!” (at least sometimes). The power of music and video should NEVER be taken for granted.
The key word here is BALANCE. If you load up your memory with expressions and images of negativity and hurtful thoughts, you will feel weighed down by all of that. People can feel depressed after repeated exposure to hopeless situations or violence. Why not research, seek out and support entertainment that will build you and others up. Write
your own positive expressions down, whether poetry, a letter to someone, or a simple journal- writing notes to yourself.
Sure, say what you mean, and why not keep it real AND clean! Why not be CREATIVE and work to flip the script on the negativity and re-frame a bad situation. Yes, it can be work sometimes to do this. Life has its bad twists and turns. Still,
haven’t we heard enough about who did who wrong? Or listening to someone so angry and going on and on about how they want to kill someone? Give it a break- we ALL deserve better…
Youth Under Construction will be enrolling for Fall Courses shortly.
Read our list of positive choice recommendations, updated regularly on the website, www.youngpop.
For more informationon MDYUC call
Have an interest in helping youth to be their best? Need internship credit or community service hours or just want to make a positive difference? Contact YoungPop.org today at 248-545-4411 for information on how you can be a valuable asset to their organization and mission: “To support youth with dynamic performing arts programs that promote positive behavior.” Help is requested in the following areas:
- Facilitators, in various performing arts disciplines,
- Fund Development & Fundraising,
- Special Events Coordination,
- Social Media and Marketing,
- Writing, photography, video shoots and editing,
- Flyer creation, Board Development
More volunteer opportunities are available, contact us for more info. You may also click the “Contact” button to email your contact information. Thanks in advance for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you!
WHAT IS “IT”?
You hear it whenever an outstanding new performer or celebrity comes on the scene: “They have IT! They are going to be a star!” While “IT” is something difficult to describe, this can be very important for aspiring artists to understand and work to develop as they pursue their dreams.
Finding YOUR personal “IT” factor can be tricky. In fact, the more you try to develop “IT,” the more difficult it can
become to actually get “IT.”
Greg Dunmore, locally known artist manager provides some great insights to this phenomenon. Mr. Dunmore states: “The “IT” factor is that indescribable something extra special that can‚t be put into mere words. “IT” is what “IT” is! Although you cannot really buy “IT”, you can develop other things that surround one’s “IT” factor. There are qualities that make your “IT” a real hit.”
A heartfelt smile, kind words of encouragement in lure of insults and that non-verbal eye contact that communicates respect for others whether they have “IT” or not.
Humility and civility help to make whatever your unique “IT” shine brighter. Oprah is a good example of an “IT” girl. Her generosity and humanity towards those less fortunate makes her “IT” factor not only sparkle, but it makes us more eager to applaud her ongoing accomplishments easily and without envy. Some words of advice: Don’t waste time trying to find your “IT” factor. Spend your energy on those precious qualities that will beautifully frame “IT”!
It needs to be said here: TALENT, developed and nurtured, in addition to a well-thought out plan, cannot be ignored. While some are born with the gift of singing or dancing, they still have to spend a great deal of time honing their craft and fine-tuning their stage presence.
What is “IT” that makes YOU STAND OUT?
I recall the night I observed Ms.Alicia Keys as she was being interviewed at the Grammys. I was captivated by her poise and self-assured persona in what appeared to be an unrehearsed segment. She displayed confidence “beyond her years,” as the saying goes. As the director of the Youth Under Construction project, we work hard to find that special “IT” in each and every one of the performers we work with and coach in our Show Zone performance course.
Finally, I want to state that not everyone needs to develop an “IT” factor. There are those that can pursue their dreams and creative expression for the pure enjoyment of it all. I hope these words will be an inspiration, not a source of discouragement, for anyone seeking to improve themselves in the performing arts or ANY personal goal you strive to achieve.
For me, just showing up everyday, and giving your best, is “IT.”
Confidence. Positive programming. Improved stage presence. Perfor-mance skills-building in a comfortable atmosphere. Youth Under Construction is currently enrolling students for the next
Show Zone course and other after school programming.
“Heart of Detroit” Run/ Walk fundraiser
On June 24th Young Pop Participated in then “Heart Of Detroit” Run/Walk Fundraiser which benefited many local area non-profits including Youth Under Construction/Youngpop.org!!
YoungPop would like to thank everyone who was involved in fundraising efforts for the run as well as those who helped out behind the scenes.
Everyone who was in attendance at the event had a great time, and it was great to meet with so many phenomenal organizations across metro Detroit who are all working with the mission to make our area a better place!!