Surviving The Odds Project

Novato, California, USA


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Surviving The Odds Project (STOP) positively impacts the lives of Marin County Youth from communities with the greatest need by engaging them in Musical Self-Expression.

What We Do

The STOP program consists of twice-weekly workshops held over an 8-week period, culminating in a compilation album and live community performance. Program participants will shape their experiences into an original song and music video under the guidance of STOP staff and peer mentors who have graduated the program. First, they will be instructed in lyrical composition and song structure, learning how to write verses and hooks. Next, participants will be taught the basics of music video production and learn how to create storyboards for the outline of their music videos. Finally, participants will be trained on the essential aspects of public performance, including emotion and stage presence. STOP will provide meals and transportation support to all program participants for each workshop. In addition, ongoing feedback will be requested from participants to better tailor future programs to community needs and improve access to our services.


Melissa G
Melissa G.

Executive Director

John W
John W.

Founder & CEO

Ruby B.


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