Youth Villages provides creative and therapeutic outlet for participants: drumming


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – A Mid-South organization is helping troubled youth drum up pride while teaching skills that will last a lifetime.

Wednesday students at Youth Villages engaged in west African-style therapeutic drumming, and families were there to cheer on the performance.

It’s known as an old and powerful tradition that not only improves hand-eye coordination, but stimulates brain activity. Drumming also helps work through emotional, behavioral, and social issues.

“The drumming itself really calms the youth. It gives them a physical outlet and an outlet for music, as well as being able to participate in a group,” said Alaina McIntire with Youth Villages.

Participants report that 30 minutes of drumming reduces feelings of anger and depression and helps drummers feel rejuvenated. This group performs publicly and has even performed for former President Jimmy Carter and with Aerosmith. 

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