IN USA AND CANADA
Song Factory welcomes clients regardless of musical, reading, or writing ability level. The program is consistently successful by quantitative and qualitative measures, including a documented reduction of negative behaviors and hopelessness in participants.
- Case Worker
dad started selling drugs to survive
divorced parents, I was homeless
I was stealing drugs, so I could get high
I’d be going through withdrawal
dad coming to my visits
high on heroin, nodding out
I really want to see him
he’s going down the wrong path
stop before it’s too late
seen people overdose
wonder why I’m full of hate
and yes he always hugged me
treated me right
then pulled out the knife
Now he thinks he’s above me
He made me bleed,
He’d accuse and plead
that he never hurt me
the bruises on me
nobody could see
16 year old girl
now I may be young
I’m living in a big world
I don’t want to love
I don’t know how to love
Trying to put her thoughts into motion
She shouldn’t have to feel lost
in the middle of the ocean
holding on to ice
trying to grip
the little bit of faith she has left
Do you see the pain, the hurt?
The fear that she carries in her heart
She’s only 15
Her mom won’t listen
Even when her eyes glisten
doesn’t know what she’s missing
only sees what’s on her screen
She asks for help
you see her wave you down
you look the other way
Is this meant to be
she shouldn’t have to wonder
where she’s staying tonight
When she screams do you hear it
She’s only 15
my friendships are slipping
I’m paint on the wall
getting older and chipping
this year changed me for the worse
I’ve been really stressed
what’s wrong with me?
I’m worried for what comes next
I was easy to be friends with
I loved talking to people
I miss having friendships
I’m bad at communicating
especially with people my age
took me five minutes to say
so how was your day
The pandemic changed me
like a tree in the winter
inside all day for months
feeling alone more than once
Being sick wasn’t being sick
Hanging out with friends wasn’t the same
Now I only have like 2 friends
the snow days weren’t snow days
Just makes the memories crawl
Back from inside that house
When the red and blue lights
illuminated the walls
Can’t help my heart going beat beat beat
To the tune of my thoughts playing on repeat
stuck in my head with no escape route
Can’t outrun the fear of letting it out
even though I’m dying
I won’t make a mark
But you won’t ever know
I’ll shut you out, stay in the dark
I want to be honest
but I don’t want to be the girl
who’s not allowed around butter knives
Can’t be honest
no matter how many times I’ve tried
Looping through days
drifting past years
Too many thoughts going through my head
Wake me up when I’m not so numb
don’t want to get out of bed
Stay away it’s contagious
You don’t want to catch this
flashbacks of anxiety and medication mixed
This grant led to the construction of a professional-grade therapeutic music studio at CHWC, where sessions are held weekly.
Song Factory was a featured speaker at the 2019 OCFS NYS Voluntary Agency Summit, presenting on its innovations in the field of trauma-informed care.
Song Factory also uses the Hopelessness Scale for Children (HSC). This rapid assessment instrument gauges hopelessness on a scale from 1 to 17. Participants show an average of a 2-point improvement in hopefulness.
In a population that is historically battling with competing priorities, youths have been able to maintain a high level of engagement and participation. Attendance for Song Factory is at 95.5%.
Based on an aggregate of responses to end-of-program evaluation questions, Song Factory graduates have expressed a 98% satisfaction rate.
Data also indicates that Song Factory also consistently assists participants in developing willingness to be open with their social workers over the duration of the program, with an average increase of 3.6 points on a scale from 1 to 10.
Developed with the assistance and generosity of The Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference in Binghamton NY, Song Factory is now available in person in Broome County and the Hudson Valley Region.
Interest and participation in the program continues, with multiple youths consistently reaching out to see if there is availability for them to participate in Song Factory in coming months.
Song Factory thrives with a strong partnership with a youth’s social work and support team. Weekly documentation keeps everyone informed and helps to build the relationship between youth and social worker. Over 50 young people have graduated from Song Factory as of September 2021.
The newest program development is a fully online option. This flexible program option was successfully implemented at the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie (CHP). These program graduates have identified the virtual option as both enjoyable and highly effective in meeting their needs. This online feature (using video chat and remote controlled recording equipment provided by Song Factory) allows Song Factory to come to any agency in New York State.
Song Factory is currently headquartered at the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference in Binghamton, NY, and provides services to the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. Song Factory is currently available for additional in-person partnerships in the Hudson Valley, Capital, New York City, Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier regions of New York.
Additional information is available upon request.