As part of NMF’s youth lift, the PULSE south participants have introduced the project Øvingskollektivet (the practice collective). In this blog post, you will learn more about what this project is and what it is trying to achieve.
What is Øvingskollektivet and why is it important for the youth?
Øvingskollektivet is a new initiative from Norges Musikkorps Forbund (NMF), which is led by the PULSE South Participants. The project aims to empower young people with the skills to run evening programs, such as band music practice support and a self-study platform. These programs are open to that is open to all young musicians, no matter where they’re playing.
These activities are part of the Youth Lift, which is an NMF project that aims to develop and bring young people together through music, exercises, and other social activities. The project is targeting young people between the age of 13 and 19.
10 youths partook in this program, and they are now working as music study support along with PULSE at Bjølsen and Nordpolen youth lift project in Oslo every Monday and Thursday from 17:00 to 20:00.
Why are we providing running these programs?
We intends to create a platform for youth to self-practice, develop instrumental skills and reinforce the relationship between musicians. In addition, we are creating a safe space for our participants to learn new skills, where we can provide youth with inclusive methods of teaching and coaching. This is so that they can offer social support to the young children and advice in case of challenges.
What’s in it for the youth and the community at large?
Through this project, PULSE aims to provide youth with inclusive methods of teaching and develop them into empathetic citizens who may continue to serve their communities in positive ways when they become adults. In addition, we are getting youth involved in community development. This is one of the major aims of this educational youth lift project.
What do NMF and PULSE plan going forward about the projects?
PULSE will continue to be accountable and ensure that all children feel welcome, safe and help them become better musicians. We aim to keep this youth development program running for the next 5 years to further help youth with practicing their music in the evening.
Written by Lesley Sebola and Paseka Batshegi
Photos by Paseka Batshegi