The Miami Youth TAP “9” Drumline is an exciting collaboration between The Miami Youth Hurricanes Academic & Sports Programs, The “9” Marching Drum Corps (The “9”) and The Georgia Jones-Ayers Alternative Programs, Inc. (TAP). Together, these organizations will present “The MYT9 Drumline” (pronounced “The Mighty 9”) as a new cultural arts curriculum of the Miami Youth Hurricanes Academic & Sports Program, an Association of the Greater Miami Pop Warner league at Moore Park in the City of Miami.
The MYT9 collaboration will make it possible for children from ages 9-17 to learn to play a percussion instrument, march and play in sync with a drum corps and perform at youth optimist football games and other venues. The collaboration will also enroll each youth participant in the Georgia Jones-Ayers Alternative Programs, Inc.’s Improving Community Control (ICC) program which will provide each youth participant with an at-risk assessment and, as-needed, counseling and evidence-based rehabilitative programming. Wrap-around services will also be offered to parents/guardians and immediate family members of at-risk children as a preventative countermeasure to juvenile delinquency. The MYT9 program will introduce a “Trauma-Informed” trained staffing to assist children and families in coping with rapidly increasing instances of trauma that our children are experiencing due to COVID-19 and other traumatic experiences that impact low-income children & families.
The MYT9 Drumline could not have come at a better time as a relief and a release for many of our children.
Overview of The MYT9 Partners
The Miami Youth Hurricanes Academics & Sports Programs:
The Greater South Florida Youth and Community, Inc., was founded in 2013 as a crime prevention and community relationship building organization by three Law Enforcement Officers as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Its mission is to provide a safe, healthy and positive environment to the youth and community of Greater Miami and South Florida, through educational activities, the arts and athletics. The Miami Youth Hurricanes Academics and Sports Programs will allow youth to develop academically, socially, mentally, and physically, under the supervision of caring volunteers. These goals are reached through positive interactions, mentoring, and character building. The Greater Miami and South Florida Youth and Community Inc. will equip the youth and community with all the tools necessary to achieve a successful future.
The 9 Marching Drum Corps, Inc.:
The 9 Marching Drum Corps, Inc. was founded in 2002 as a nonprofit organization that provides marching drum instruction for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. The “9” Marching Drum Corps is a performing and competing group. The program also offers veteran instruction in “Majorettes” as well as “Flaggettes” and “Guards.” As a community youth-based organization, we lead most of the Gun Violence marches in the Miami area. You can say we are the sound of the movement!
There are mountains of research that affirm the positive reinforcements that musical interventions provide in refreshing the conscious and enthusiasm of juvenile delinquents. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s “Youth in Action” number 11 publication affirmed, “By allowing youth to use their creative talents, arts and performances help youth develop a sense of identity, independence, discipline and self-worth. They also help prevent or reduce crime and violence among the young artists and performers involved.” The publication also affirmed that students who participate in band are significantly less likely than non-participants to drop out of school, be arrested, use drugs or engage in binge drinking. As such, the MYT9 Drumline experience promises to uplift children and families within its purview to new heights of achievement, self-pride and family empowerment.