Express Yourself

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Express Yourself

Bedford, United KingdomBedford, United Kingdom
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

drug and gang affiliation has become a real issue for young boys in my community. however these young boys have a real passion in music and expressing themselves which tends to be ignored. i aim to change that, i want to give them that chance to express themselves through music.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

what if we could cut down on drug and gang culture and rivalry
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

the social problem i am trying to address is the drug and gang affiliation young boys are involved in which leads to violence and the break down of my local community.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

i want to bring these boys together using a common denominator of music.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

its rare these boys get to really have a say, and how somewhere as an outlet. in 2014 a boy within the community was murdered due to rivalry. this had a real impact on the community. he was very musically gifted like many in my community however his life was cut short and didn't get the chance to really express his talents. however i would like to stop this happening to others. bringing them together in an environment where they can try resolve their rivalry by participating in something they all care about.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

i believe this could have an impact as some of those that are already turning to music are already starting to move away from the drug and gang lifestyle. as this venture has not yet begun it is impossible to provide solid data.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

the biggest amount of money will be the start up cost. however the running costs could be sustained by charity and fundraising. having connections within the community is beneficial as many things could be used at a reduced rate or sometimes even free.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

within my community these is not any similar projects as many previous schemes and youth groups were stopped due to government funding. this is why i think the social problem as become more of an issue.

Founding Story

i wouldn't consider it as one single moment. however i believe it as a few situations that contributed to me thinking of this idea. losing people to the criminal justice system and even death has really shown me how much of a problem this is. these situation as well as seeing the rise in the youths wanting to express their interest and talents in music.


this project will be very community based i aim to start with family and friends as members of the team helping to run this project. their will be a number of roles such as finance, communicating with the youths, teaching them and helping them create their music.