Youth Music Mentors (YMM) was a music mentoring programme funded as part of the government’s Respect agenda and aiming to improve the life chances of young people in challenging circumstances (those who are often marginalised by society, vulnerable, may be hard to reach, or have fewer opportunities). It ran in two phases, the second (the subject of this qualitative evaluation) from April 2008 to March 2011 and was delivered by music organisations (in this report called “projects”) across England.
Its objectives were:
- To deliver high quality music based mentoring provision for young people in challenging circumstances
- To provide links to high quality music making experiences
- To engage and train inspirational music mentors appropriate to the needs of the participants
- To provide young people with opportunities that will develop their resilience, social and emotional skills, and enable them to lead successful and fulfilling lives
- To help motivate and prepare young people for routes into education, employment or training.