“Isaac is a dude on a journey,” says Ian Mouser, founder and executive director of My Voice Music (MVM). Like many of the young musicians involved with MVM, Isaac faced social and emotional challenges and music provides him with an outlet.
My Voice Music is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, that engages youth in music and performance in order to promote self-esteem, social skills and emotional expression. MVM engages approximately 1,600 youth each year in music and performance in order help them to cope, heal, and thrive through music, while developing the skills necessary to create a fulfilling life for their future.
“The difference between being here and being anywhere else is that I can freely express my thoughts and my feelings,” Isaac says, “It’s such a great environment to create and to make connections, and to not have to worry about people judging you. I feel like this is a place of acceptance, and there aren’t very many places like that.”
Isaac is currently recording his first EP of songs he wrote through the program.myvoicemusic.org/
Producers: Jarratt Taylor, Maria Kjellstrand, Alex McDougall
Coach: Lauren Frohne
These videos were shot as part of the second annual Portland Advanced Multimedia Storytelling Workshop, sponsored by the University of Oregon’s Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement. For more information about the workshop, please visit: http://theportlandworkshop.com
UO SOJC faculty members Wes Pope and Sung Park are co-directors of the workshop.