The Robb Nash Project is a powerful force for change, encouraging teens to discover their unique strengths and to make positive choices for today and tomorrow. Former lead singer of the band Live on Arrival, Robb Nash performs at schools, corectional facilities and detention centres. He shares his music and message with youth across the country, through a concert style performance.
Herald reporter Caroline Zenter experiences the team's dedication, and Robb's energy. Read her impressions.
THE POWER OF STORIES
I first saw Robb Nash when I attended the Child and Youth Care Conference in Canmore in 2012. As someone who has been in the field of CYC for over 25 years, I recognized the value in what Robb was doing. I have seen first-hand the power in a young person suddenly feeling less isolated and alone when they hear someone else put words to their story, when they recognize that they are not the only one feeling or experiencing something. For that reason, the day after seeing the show, I chose to start to financially support the project through monthly donations . Yesterday, a year and a half later, I saw Robb and his crew put on a show for Lethbridge College. I saw how his message resonated with many of the young adults in the audience. So many people were positively impacted and lined up after the show to talk to Robb about what they took away from the experience. This just confirmed for me the original reason I choose to contribute to the project in the first place and reinforced my desire to continue to financially support the Robb Nash project. Well done to all that are a part of such an impactful experience.
In my five years of teaching, I’ve never seen such a well put together, more meaningful presentation. I just went on the website and made a donation. This is the first organization I have ever looked at and said "I need to help them out." more
On a recent tour that saw the band visiting several school's in the nation's captial, Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco of the CBC filed this report about what he experienced at one of the shows.
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BALANCING ACT OF KINDNESS
While in Winnipeg last week the crew decided to have the bus tires serviced using the "Equal" tire balancing system. We then found out that Max Tire Supplies of Kitchener had donated the product for us to install in our bus. A huge thank you to Keith and Max Tire Supplies for helping to keep us rolling smoothly!
The students in the KEYS Club at Sir Robert Borden High School in Ottawa recently raised $300 for charity, and decided to donate it tothe Robb Nash team immediately after the band’s recent performance there.
"We decided to donate to your cause seconds after Robb's presentation was finished," said Zac Ramsay, club co-president. "Our school's KEY Club was looking for a local charity to support and you cause resonated with us so well. Depression, self-harm, and suicide are major issues facing the developed world and it's an issue that can't get enough awareness. The performance was the real hook. Robb was funny, the music was amazing, and his message was inspiring. Robb embodies all the values that KEY Club wishes to imbue into all of it's members. KEY Club was delighted to support such a great cause."
There's no doubt that Robb's effect on his young audience is significant. But his message hits home with school staff as well. Here's a letter of gratitiude from a teacher at Sir Robert Borden in Ottawa.
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