November 7, 2012 by finetuningblog
Some people say it’s hard to motivate a moody teenager to do anything other than complain. Anita Colby, Adam Fachler, and Dave Rose would disagree with that. The three created the Bronx Underground, an organization that gives teens a safe environment to rock out in and helps them to participate in social change.
The Bronx Underground was established in 2000 as a do-it-yourself venture to have local bands play shows. It created a safe, alcohol-free environment for teens to socialize and enjoy live music. As the Bronx Underground thrived, they became more involved in social change.
Bronx Underground partnered with Do Something, an organization that motivates teens to be a part of social change. Do Something has over one million members, with about seven thousand new ones per day. More than 2.2 million young people participated in Do Something’s campaigns last year.
With the help of Do Something, Bronx Underground ran several very successful campaigns including Teens for Jeans, and their Epic Book Drive. The Teens for Jeans drive was so successful, two of Bronx Underground’s staff members, Xio Miranda and Jordan Rivera were featured on the Martha Stewart Show, along with Do Something’s CEO, Nancy Lublin.
Anita spoke to me about these campaigns, as well as social change in general.
Curious about the Bronx Underground? Get a glimpse of what a show is like from the eyes of a New York Times Reporter. The NY Press also has a lot to say about the up and coming importance of the Bronx Music Scene.
And if you still haven’t learned enough, this Friday, Bronx Underground is hosting a show with a food drive to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. You can experience it for yourself, AND help out a good cause. Everybody’s a winner.
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