Train Youth For Music Employment

$730 of $33,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 6 months
Created May 8, 2018
Youth Unemployment Is Too High In Jamaica

Almost 40% of young men in Jamaica 20-25 years old are not working. While most youth do engage with music or entertainment, informal or no training is preventing regular and long term employment.  However, the cultural sector in Jamaica has been identified as a trade sector poised for growth. General education and training have proven to be powerful growth engines.

Alpha Offers A Solution Based On Experience 


Alpha's 138 years of vocational training for youth is respected worldwide and Alpha past students have been innovators and pioneers across genres (Dizzy Reece, Yellowman, Cedric Brooks and Johnnie Osbourne to name a few). Today, the Alpha Institute is the only educational institution that offers music performance and technology employment training to unattached youth 16-21 years old complimented by holistic social support as well as math and English instruction. Students are admitted based on need and receive targeted support services including transportation, nutrition and lodging if necessary.

Why Alpha Needs Our Help

Our support is needed to  to build a multi purpose music instruction room. Alpha currently has one room for all music instruction. The multi purpose room will improve learning and social outcomes, provide for more efficient instruction, communication and growth as a musician in a shorter frame of time. Intensive vocational training in music with a focus on music literacy will directly impact employment since employers, particularly in tourism, where  musicians who can read music are the ones who get the jobs. By increasing the usable space, a multi-purpose music room will allow Alpha to target its resources to more young people and in more communities.


A Little Background About Alpha

Led by The Sisters of Mercy with a focus on youth social welfare, education and employment training, a comprehensive curriculum and the staff to offer a world of possibilities to at risk youth, Alpha is poised to transform music education and employment for the 21st century in Kingston.

Thank You! Pre Release music and 'big ups' for donors.

$1 and up
Donate before June 1 and receive a pre-release copy of the new song "Just What It Is" by Ernest Ranglin And The Alpharians Featuring Edward 'Tan Tan' Thornton. See the updates section for links to preview the song online.

$1 and up
Donate after June 1 and recieve a complimentary copy of the new song "Just What It Is" by Ernest Ranglin And The Alpharians Featuring Edward 'Tan Tan' Thornton. See the updates section for links to preview the song online.

$100 and up
Everybody who donates $100 or more and who did not donate anonymously will also receive a custom public thank you (aka a 'Big Up' in Jamaica) broadcast over the air on Alpha Boys School Radio, the 24/7 home  for Jamaican music online,  alphaboysschoolradio.com.

$250 and up
Everybody who donates $250 or more will also receive a polo shirt screen printed on campus with the Alpha logo over the left breast.

Let's work together to keep Jamaica working. 

alphainstitute.org.jm  | alphaboysschool.org
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Just a few of the benefits of music training include Working Memory, IQ and Creativity--all of which are critical to successful 21st century employment.
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Alpha is a vocational school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order of nuns who first arrived from Bermondsey, England to assist at Alpha in 1890. The sisters focus on youth, education and the most vulnerable in society. The Sisters of Mercy in Jamaica currently operate or have helped launch many schools and vocational training centres serving elementary to high school age youth as well as adults in and outside of Kingston. Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, emphasizes vocational discipline. Sr McAuley once said, "The simplest and most practical lesson I know…is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow. Let us take one day only in hands, at a time, merely making a resolve for tomorrow, thus we may hope to get on taking short, careful steps, not great strides." Alpha's music program takes the same approach through which vocational training becomes a stepping stone to valuable life skills.
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When the weather is nice students may have class outside. However, classroom management is significantly reduced in this situation and students are easily distracted. A proper music training room will increase learning and improve employment outcomes.
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Alpha is credited by education experts with being an important part of the future solution to youth unemployment and social development.
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Raised by 13 people in 6 months
Created May 8, 2018
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