Flobots.org, the music education 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008 by members of Denver hip-hop and rock band, Flobots, is now Youth on Record. As the organization has evolved and grown, this new name reflects the mission and commitment to youth and education.
Over the past four years, Flobots.org has been sending some of Colorado’s most talented local and national musicians into Denver Public Schools (DPS) and youth residential treatment centers. These musicians teach a wide range of classes including music production, music fundamentals, emcee school and spoken word poetry.
Now employing more than 15 local musicians who are tasked with teaching 36 for-credit music classes to 900 at-risk teens in DPS, Youth on Record recognizes the need for an organizational name that represents both the countless musicians who are working in the classroom, as well as the students who are making great strides towards improving their academic achievement. Youth on Record was formerly Flobots.org’s most successful program.
As the goals of the organization have evolved, Youth on Record is now part of a district-wide partnership with Denver Public Schools, Denver Housing Authority, The Anschutz Foundation and Mile High United Way to improve graduation rates and prepare students for the workforce and/or advanced education.
The future looks bright for Youth on Record. In partnership with the Denver Housing Authority (DHA), Youth on Record broke ground on a $2.2M Youth Media Studio (YMS) in West Denver in April 2012. Upon completion in September 2013, the YMS will open its doors as an innovative, experiential resource for students in Denver Public Schools and young people in youth residential treatment centers. Outfitted with cutting-edge technology, the YMS will serve thousands of youth as a centralized location for accredited arts-based programming for at-risk high school students.
Please join us as Youth on Record hosts the grand opening celebration for its Youth Media Studio on October 4, 2013. For more information, please visit www.youthonrecord.org or www.flobots.org as we transition websites.