Starlight Music Academy (SMA) is a service specialising in engaging young people in programs designed to increase their opportunities for positive development in their personal and professional lives, particularly in the Arts, Self Development and Leadership programmes. We have been running since 1997 and have developed an excellent record in helping young people gain Arts Awards Qualifications in Music, Dance and Drama. Our vocal training courses have produced finalist hit TV show “The Voice” and we currently run various programmes in schools, colleges and youth centres through South London.
SMA has also run a Youth Leadership Programme, which is a self-development course for young people encouraging the development of self confidence, good citizenship and critical thinking. We currently run a successful relationship programme called “Let’s have a One 2 One” in which we explore personal and professional relationships with teenagers as a hopeful deterrent from engagement in Criminal Gang affiliation and other negative forms of relationships. Recently we successfully ran “STOMP!” – A dance off featuring local talent who competed in various heats and a final showcase. We are currently developing a vocal training and community Choir programme which will begin officialLY in July 2014. All our Music programmes are geared towards engaging young people in projecting a positive message among their peer group.
The back bone of SMA is our Volunteers programme through which we provide necessary work experiences and avenues for employment opportunities to the local community. We currently run Volunteering programmes in Marketing, Administration, Accounting and Graphic design. Over 8,000 local young people have directly benefited as a result of the SMA services and gained relevant experience and skills that have enabled them to become more employable and embark on positive life choices. Over the past fourteen years SMA has been at the forefront of working with in inner city areas especially among “disadvantaged” to provide activities and educational programmes, in order to help empower the local community with a sense of achievement and pride. We use arts to instil a positive mental attitude in the young people we work with as a means of deterring them from engaging in destructive life choices.