Darling "Jamz" Hernandez founded the program in 2019 with a simple idea: provide a free and encouraging space for young people to explore the music industry.
Students are exposed to young up and coming artists, producers and engineers and given the chance to receive the necessary education and training in order to enhance their abilities, demonstrate their talents, achieve their goals, and live their dreams.
The Turning Up The Youth (TUTY) offers tuition-free music education to the youth and much more. TUTY provides an opportunity for the youth to learn Audio Engineering, Beat Making along with lessons on Artist Development. TUTY gives students a chance to create their own music using industry standard music production equipment that they would otherwise not have access to. Students work collaboratively with similar age groups from across the NY and NJ area; this deepens their social relationships and allows them access to countless new opportunities. In addition, the Turning Up The Youth Program is dedicated to giving every kid a chance to be in a comfortable, creative and safe environment necessary for them to flourish artistically.
Turning Up the Youth Show - At the end of every month, all students that have participated in any of the Turn Up the Youth programs get the opportunity to showcase their music by signing up to perform at the talent show.
Hair Cut Weekend - Once a month, we provide all of our students with free haircuts by a professional barber. Students attending our programs may sometimes not have the means to do so and provide them access to that at no cost.
Basketball Tournaments - Some student-athletes attend our programs so we organize basketball tournaments so they can have fun and showcase their skills. We provide them with custom Turning Up the Youth uniforms at no cost.
Merch Weekend - Once a month, we give each of our students a free customized Turning Up the Youth t-shirt or hoodie.
We provide youth with access to high-quality music education at no cost.
Students learn Audio Engineering, Beat Making, and Artist Development to excel in the music industry.
We offer access to industry-standard music production equipment, promoting creativity and innovation.
Students collaborate with peers from NY, fostering new relationships and expanding their horizons.
If you have any inquiries or require further details, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is here to assist you, and we welcome your questions.
You can also call us at (914) 863-0091