At Focus Foundation through our Whytecliff Learning Centres, we strive to reach and support at-risk youth through education and therapeutic programming. Support and therapy can take on many forms. We work at creating positive ways to connect youth to their passions and give them the opportunity to develop an interest, pursue a talent, and develop a potential new hobby through our therapeutic art program.
Over the past few years our youth have had the opportunity to participate in drama, art, and photography. A continual interest has been expressed to expand our therapeutic arts program and incorporate music. In the fall of 2014, we were able to embark on this addition for Whytecliff Langley, having Rob Taylor join our team and provide this opportunity. Rob had previously worked with a few of our graduates through community agencies, and has now built strong relationships within our current student population.
Music has become a tool to assist the youth in finding their inner voice, connect with their feelings and emotions, and unlock a passion to develop their growth within a positive environment. One of the youth involved shared, “I’ve been at Whytecliff for a year and a half and I love it. The music program has made a real impact in my life because it provides a good outlet for my stress and is a good environment to practice.”
On May 7, 2015 Focus Foundation had its first ever community concert! With the support of The Friends Langley Vineyard Venue (http://www.langleyvineyard.com/#/about/us) we hosted over 100 friends and family of our youth and community. The school bands rocked (literally) and we were also grateful to have one of our former alumni, Shayne (as seen in picture above) perform with his band New Values. It takes great courage to stand up on a stage and be vulnerable. The Whytecliff youth overcame all fears and showcased their talents in a way that will be remembered by our community for years to come!