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Youth Open Mic Training Program

Through creativity, play and adventure, the LMTI group explored in this training program what it meant to take positive risks, transformed limitations into opportunities and blocks into breakthroughs. We provided a nurturing environment encouraging creative expression which along with our innovative coaching this stimulates dramatic positive results at both the individual and community levels. Prevention, connection, self-esteem building, stigma, team dynamics, and leadership skills were all addressed within this program.


LIFE Center Stage believes in Leadership through Artistry. There is an alchemy in artistry that especially speaks to young adults – those people who, while facing the fears and demands of their looming adulthood, may feel overwhelmed with self-imposed obstacles.  This program trained and developed peer-support hosts to emcee and/or participate in performances for personal and community development inspiring purposeful living and true leadership practices. This program was sponsored by Rockaway Borough Municipal Alliance.

Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute hosts a Youth Open Mic night on the first Sunday of every month at Rest Stop Rejuvenate - 21 Maple Ave. Rockaway, NJ.

Heroes & Villains
Youth were invited to work with a teaching artist and art therapist to create a mask and story that shows the challenges that they experience each day. Their masks will be featured in a short film. A second group of youth are working with musicians to compose the music score for the film.
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day
We created a call to action leading up to Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day where we invited the community to submit inspiring songs around this crisis. 6 songwriters won a spot in an Collaborative Anthem Writing Workshop where they composed three songs. They performed their songs at Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, one song was picked as the official anthem and was recorded in a professional studio.
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