Strumming Forward

Strumming Forward kicked off in 2015 when a group of young adults across Grey-Bruce were offered the opportunity to learn how to play guitar during FREE lessons taught by local volunteers.

A grant from the Community Foundation Grey Bruce helped make this possible, allowing the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce – Youth in Transition Worker (YITW) program to purchase guitars for youth to learn on and continue to program to this day.

Strumming Forward was started after youth involved in the YITW program expressed great interest in learning guitar but did not have the resources to pay for lessons. The Youth Outreach Worker saw Strumming Forward as a way for young adults to learn a new skill, express creativity through music and build self-confidence while demonstrating accountability and responsibility.

How to Join

Call or email the YMCA Youth in Transition Program to find out how you can get involved with Strumming Forward as a participant or volunteer musician.

Phone: 519-371-9230
Email: yitw@osgb.ymca.ca

The instructor was patient, kind and approachable. The group was small and comfortable. The skill-level of the group was pretty equal so it was not intimidating.

YITW Strumming Forward Participant
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