Amani Project

Make Music. Make Change.

Amani Project is a family of local organizations collectively crushing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs so that young people don’t have to wait to achieve self actualization. We want them to shine now. We want young people to have the space to feel, to sing, to beat a drum, to connect, to dance and to be creative while having their basic and psychological needs met.
 
We are working together with over 10,000 young people who participate in and lead performing arts-based clubs. Our clubs utilize an integrated curriculum that includes music, DIY instrument-making, storytelling, social-emotional learning, and community action.
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Our Vision is this: A world where young people use music to amplify the power of their emotions to feel connected with one another. Amani means “Harmony” in Swahili; and while that is a musical term, we also think about harmony as what it can be like to live in a community where everyone has access to what they need to thrive.

Our Mission

Our Mission

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We know there are a lot of Social Emotional Learning programs and opportunities for music instruction out there for young people — what we’ve done is create a curriculum that integrates the two together. Through our work, we’ve seen how the combined power of music-making and emotional learning has the ability to help young people understand and effectively communicate their emotions as well as develop the resilience and the skills needed to become action-takers and decision-makers in their communities.

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We’re part of an emerging field called Creative Youth Development (CYD) that promotes exposure to the performing arts as a means for young people to increase interpersonal skills (such as managing and expressing emotions) and to build life skills necessary for success in school and the workplace.

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Amani Project is a curriculum builder –  but we’re so much more than just that. Our Team at the home office has over 78 years of (collective) experience in the fields of education, evaluation, international development, and yes, we were also the band geeks and theater kids. 

Our Board

Our Board

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Our product (if we were an education start-up, you’d call it that) is much more than a curriculum. We’ve created an Ecosystem, a Toolkit, a Framework (whatever word helps you think about our work extending past a piece of paper) that is adaptable across countries, cultures, and partner organizations.

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Our Partner Organizations are key (musical pun intended). We’ve built a robust curriculum, but it’s our partners who are the real experts in how to make the strongest impact in their communities. We currently partner with organizations based in Colombia, India, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Media Partner

Media Partner

Curriculum Partner

Curriculum Partner

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We really want our curriculum to boost our partner’s missions and build capacity at a local level. We think (and the research does too) the best way to do this is to follow a Train-the-Trainer Model where community members are trained to become Amani Project mentors. And then they train more community members…and so on…and so on…

Opportunity Youth

Opportunity Youth

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It’s hard to believe sometimes, because we’ve grown pretty quickly…but we now have over 100 Amani Project mentors who help facilitate our 120 youth-driven Amani Project Clubs globally. By the end of 2019, there will be over 10,000 youth participating in Amani clubs worldwide.

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Our clubs aren’t exclusive (we aren’t building empathy through golf). They are the physical place, Safe Spaces, where young people complete weekly activities and earn badges by writing empathy songs or making a musical instrument from found objects.

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We know we already told you a little bit about how important our partners’ feedback is to us and the curriculum itself. Not only do we offer continuous Monitoring and Evaluation support to our partner organizations, but we also have systems in place to receive ongoing feedback from program participants so that we can better understand how to improve our content and the effects of our curriculum on participants, mentors, and our program partners.

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Our Goals are lofty because we want our program to lead to young people with stronger resilience, a greater sense of belonging and broader skills to be active in promoting equity in their communities…but we think if anyone can do it – it’s us (the home team, the community-based partners, our funders, and most importantly – our participants.).

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Your money and funding (if you are a foundation or an awesome individual donor or a corporation) goes directly to support these clubs. If you want to Support Our Work don’t forget to click on that little donate button below. If you want to keep hearing our stories, remember to subscribe to our newsletter. #MakeMusicMakeChange

Hi There!  We’re excited that you want to bring Amani Project into your home. Amani Project combines music, do-it-yourself instrument-making, and social-emotional learning for young people ages 8-14.  But honestly, all our activities are really fun to complete regardless of your age. Not to mention, the best part of our curriculum is that it’s meant to be done with the resources you already have in and around your home.  No need to buy anything new! 

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We are offering all our Amani Project @ Home activities for free, but If you love what we’re doing and want to support our work around the world please consider making a donation.