“Recording my song gave me a sense of possibility – that I am more than this disease and have a future to work for.”
Music plays such a huge part in what we do here at Next Step. Young people can come to our home base in Cambridge’s Central Square neighborhood, and work with our music therapist to write, perform, and record their own original music or spoken word project. This process helps these young people to express themselves in ways that may not have been possible before.
You don’t need to come to our office though. Each summer we offer a 4-day residential campference for teens and young adults living with cancer, HIV, and rare genetic disorders. Over the course of the weekend these young people will experience a sense of community with other young people with similar life experiences. They’ll take part in work shops and learn important life skills. Throughout the weekend they’ll have an opportunity to take part in several music-based activities. They will be several jam session with a big group but they can also have a one-on-one session with a music therapist.
If you, or someone you know, between the ages of 16-24, living with cancer, HIV, and rare genetic disorders who might be interested in a Next Step Summer Campference please print out an application here.
For more information please contact Quita, Next Step outreach coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at the office at 617-864-2921.