Julia Raskin - Gold Award Recipient

Chatham High School

Project Title: August Back

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Julia developed a program in Chatham to aid elementary student musicians keep up with their instruments over the summer. As Julia recognized a declining music population over the years, she decided to create a fun, social event where younger music students got back to their instruments before school started, and the older high school mentors gave back to their community by aiding them.

August Back Music Camp ran in the evenings, at the library, in August. Julia recruited high school musicians to help mentor the younger students with their instruments. The camp was run for 3 years and each summer the music camp grew while the students made lasting friendships and were inspired and informed by the high school mentors about future musical opportunities if they continued their musical studies through high school.  For more information visit the website, AugustBack.org.