Since 2015 AMP has worked with over 600 young people and provided almost £85,000 of free training. Many of our students have stayed with us over the 6 years that we have been operating.
Annually, we offer between 30-50 bursaries to students who otherwise would not be able to afford or access the type of programme AMP offers.
While some AMP students have gone on to further training at the Brit School, Zoonation Youth Dance Company and Arts Ed, others have studied architecture, medicine, or engineering at some of the UK’s top universities. We believe that the skills and confidence instilled via AMP serve to equip students to excel in any sphere.
Our greatest measures of impact lie in the individual stories of lives that have been transformed, just a few of which are included below. We want all our students to have the dignity of a level playing field, so all names have been changed for our AMP Testimonials.
‘From a young age I’ve always wanted to sing and dance. – I live in an area where a lot of people, including some friends my age, get pulled into gangs, start hanging around the wrong people, or lose their lives to hate crime. Dedicating my Saturdays to Vocals and Dance at AMP has taught me lifelong lessons I shall carry forever: organization, teamwork, self-reflection, resilience and much more. I cannot thank my teachers enough for the encouragement, financial support and guidance they’ve given me, and I am more than certain our hard work will pay off. Amplified Arts Academy turned a story, my story, from what was on its way to becoming ugly, into something beautiful.’
Emma, 17, Academy Student
‘Sometime in 2017 I became homeless with 2 kids and went to squat with a friend. We came to know about AMP when Michael started misbehaving due to peer pressure. Joining AMP gave my son a new reason to smile, to wake up on a Saturday and ride a 2-hour train to class. He was mentored and he became a mentor to other children in our local community. AMP gave both of my children a new horizon, they became different, confident and outspoken. Michael went ahead to perform monologues representing his school then up to County level! He wrote and directed a play in school with his friends. Now he is a role model just because of AMP.’
Joyce, AMP parent of Michael (17) and Sophie (10)
‘A friend of mine kept telling me to get my son Daniel signed up to Amplified Arts Academy but as a single mum I thought I couldn’t afford it – until she explained that there was a bursary that I could apply for to help with costs. AMP exceeded all my expectations. The youths are always so keen and happy to be at AMP because they made it a happy, fun and creative environment. Even during the covid-19 pandemic, AMP teachers have been just as committed to the students and still passionate about what they do. They’ve really supported my son and other students to not give up, but to keep going through this difficult time. What I admired most about AMP is how they care about the young people going to AMP and about what goes on in their home life too. Joining AMP is one of the best things he’s done in his life to-date.
Diane, AMP parent of Daniel, 17