Connecting karaoke-style

Some 80 at-risk youth are singing a new tune, thanks to a Liberty for Youth program.

With the help of a karaoke music studio, leadership curriculum and volunteer mentors from Hamilton Police Services, the program helps participants identify their strengths, connect with caring adults and make constructive choices.

Supported by an HCF grant, karaoke in the renovated studio feels like hanging out with friends, with the added benefit of creative self-expression and positive risk-taking.  While karaoke helps youth find their voice, the leadership program and one-on-ones with police officers help them find their feet:  they’re finishing high school, moving on to jobs or college, and developing the skills to overcome their circumstances.