Fighting Back: Exposing young men to different music
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
One of the best ways to connect with today's youth is through music. How many times do we see kids with ear plugs in their ears, blasting the latest tunes One mentoring organization is taking that love of music and opening up a whole new world to a group of local young men. Connecting the opera to classroom learning and motivation is their way of fighting back.
"It's telling a story through music," said Kappa Knight Kameron McKiney.
These middle school young men are a part of the Kappa Knight Mentoring Program, a guide right program through Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
"Exposure leads to other achievements inside and out of the classroom," added guide right advisor Joseph Roberson.
The goal is to teach boys how to become successful, productive young men. Bringing them to the opera gives them an appreciation for music other than mainstream.
The opera also has been proven to help students learn and understand literature. This group of young men is grasping that concept, and walking away with a new perception of a form of music, they would never have thought to listen to.
"A part of history and the theme of the program," said Kappa Knight Bert Horace.
"Kind of like Vickings in the old days, like telling a story," added Kappa Knight Jared Harbin.
The Kappa Knight's guide right advisor says many of these young men come from single family homes. Through this program, they see improved grades, a brotherhood bonding and the kids take what they learn and take it back to their communities, bettering their neighborhoods.