All Kinds of News for May 08, 2019
AIM House participants are actively taking advantage of the creative opportunities at Madelife, a sister company of AIM House located in downtown Boulder, CO.
The first time that Sammi played the guitar was at camp the summer after eighth grade, and she fell in love with it. Throughout high school, she began taking summer classes at Berkeley College of Music. “It is a real outlet for me - both emotionally and creatively,” shared Sammi. In school, she sang with student groups (solos here and there), at various extracurricular programs, with a family friends’ band, and in posts on Instagram. She has also participated in a handful of open mics! These days, you can find Sammi performing regularly at Creative Recovery at Madelife, which offers space for creators to explore and share their art mediums.
Writing her own music has long been something that has intrigued Sammi, however the process of writing original songs has been daunting: “I struggle a lot with over-thinking and comparison issues. Lots of my friends write music and I wanted mine to move me as much as theirs and the work of my favorite artists,” she said. Historically this has been an area where she puts a lot of pressure on herself. At AIM House and Madelife, Sammi is experiencing her first “real attempt” at writing her own material and it is nerve-wracking, but also exciting! “It is something I truly want to master,” says Sammi. Thus, her Creative Accelerator program at Madelife is centered around not only preforming music, but also writing music.
Sammi believes the accelerator program at Madelife has enhanced her experience at AIM House. Sammi said that she needs creativity in her life to function. “On those rough days, I go to my room and sing at the top of my lungs. It helps me process how I am feeling. Having this [Creative Accelerator] makes me feel like I am back at music camp just being myself.” The Creative Accelerator program was, in large part, why Sammi chose AIM House as her transitional program after wilderness. “My music is a part of me. To have a chance to learn and grow within treatment was a major plus when it came to choosing this program."
Sammi is one of the many young adults taking advantage of opportunities to thrive through AIM House and Madelife. Stay tuned to AIM House social media to see what participants are creating!
About AIM HOUSE
Founded in 1999, AIM House is a transitional living program located in Boulder, Colorado. Young adults come from wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment programs, therapeutic boarding schools and drug and alcohol treatment centers. Mentors and therapists work with each participant to create an individualized program that meets the needs of the participant and their family. Participants have access to a large variety of educational institutions, including the University of Colorado Boulder. AIM House also offers executive functioning support, vocational coaching, and personalized artistic and entrepreneurial mentorship.