Bring Music as Therapy to Struggling Youth



My Voice Music brings all the instruments, instructors, and recording equipment needed to run songwriting and recording programs to youth in lockdown mental health treatment centers and jails. This project will support our work with over 20 separate programs in the Portland area that serve incarcerated youth, immigrant youth, and youth facing extreme mental health challenges. When youth are given the opportunity to share their voice through music it can be a transformative experience.
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There are thousands of underprivileged and at-risk youth in the greater Portland area. Many do not fit into typical educational settings and have no access to after school programs and life changing mentorships. This is especially true for young people experiencing mental health problems, children in foster care, homeless youth and those who have already dropped out of school. My Voice Music (MVM) has seen a need in the community and taken action.


My Voice Music partners with organizations to enhance their ability to reach youth by providing them with engaging and relevant music programs. MVM also runs independent music programs that are are available to the public on a private referral basis. All of our services are provided for free, or at a "pay what you can afford" rate, to youth and their families. Music programs range from drum circles and sing-along groups to rock camps that teach youth to play, write, record and perform music!

Long-Term Impact

Through our programs, youth learn to play music - at least. They also learn to work as a team, collaborate, accept failure as a necessary process on the road to success, use technology, and they have developed meaningful relationships around a positive activity. Our hope is that they have gained skills to help them cope with their current circumstances and overcome obstacles to create fulfilled lives for their futures.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Song recordings from our Music in Treatment Prgms
Song recordings from our studio

Organization Information


Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ian Mouser
Portland, OR United States

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