Musicians Making A Difference launched their second Catch A Falling STAR (Special, Traumatised, At Risk) program for 2017 on August 23 with Sony Music mentors providing advice, support and a sense of community for 12 young people embarking on their life changing journey.
As part of Sony Foundation’s CONNECT employee engagement program, the employee mentors are given a chance to connect on a grassroots level with young people who desperately need adults to back and believe in them.
“It was a great experience and great to play a small part in a program that is of such benefit to not only the participants, but to us mentors as well; brings life back into perspective in a very inspirational way,” said Peter Karpin, Sony Music.
Sony Music artist and X Factor winner, Cyrus, was a special guest in the session, listening to the STAR’s stories and sharing some meaningful support and personal experiences to inspire and encourage these young adults embarking on a life changing journey. Cyrus also hosted an exclusive studio session with recently graduated STARs to recorded beats and lyrics written and composed by the MMAD crew.
This intensive and innovative music and mentoring program is designed to assist young people, aged 15-21, who face challenges of homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, unemployment, mental illness, neglect and abuse.