Summer 2018 saw 25 Youth Turn Performing Artist engage in a Seven Week intensive program within the arts focusing on music, theatre, performance and stage production. In partnership with Passage Theatre, Youth Turn’s 2nd summer production was “Motown Meets Trenton”.

The students learned about the history of Motown and its rise during the Civil Rights Era and Black Power Movement. They learned the lessons of innovation, hard work, creative thinking, problem solving through the inspiration of Berry Gordy and his role in creating music that transcended racial lines and brought people of all colors, races, and creeds together and broke all barriers. During the seven-week program, the students engaged in piano and drum lessons, music theory, and community service. Students used the Motown theme to inspire their writing, singing and acting skills.

The culmination of their hard work was the production of a 2 Day SOLD OUT presentation at Paper Mill Play House of “Motown Meets Trenton” written by Josh Campbell and the Artist of Youth Turn, under the Musical Direction of William Robinson Jr, and inspired by Rene B. Idowu, founder of Youth Turn.