Jordan has worked with small groups of young people who are on an Activity Agreement with the Local Authority. These young people are vulnerable and some may have left school without qualifications or achievements.
It’s important that they experience success and learn transferable skills that they can use in a work situation.
Jordan’s skills and flexible approach ensure that these young people keep engaged and are able to express themselves creatively, having an outlet to address barriers to their development.
Learning how to use technology to produce sounds and learning how to structure songs helps these young people develop confidence and find a great sense of achievement and self-worth.
Jordan is inspirational and young people are able to relax and take risks by exposing their ideas in a safe environment.
I hope our successful partnership working continues to help progress young people to a more positive future.
Karen Brown, Senior Trusted Professional, East Lothian Council
My name is Steve Shields; I am a Residential Care officer for Edinburgh Council’s Children and Families dept. I have recently been involved in organising a national award winning music project devised and structured by Jordan Butler, which attained a “Special Commendation” from the Scottish Social Service Council. This initially involved an expressive writing project within Wellington School, which is a residential school for boys from the ages of 11 to 16yrs, with social, emotional and behavioural needs.
Jordan, a well-known rapper from Edinburgh, was one of the mainstays of this project. Jordan's ability as a rapper, and his ability to quickly create and maintain close and sustainable relationships with the young people involved, was implicit in making this award winning project.
Jordan inspired the young people of the school to put pen to paper, in some cases for the very first time! He has managed to help them achieve a great amount of tangible success. The project has impressed many, including “The Scottish Minister for Children and Young People”, (Aileen Campbell), and will remain in the memories of all those involved.
I would recommend Jordan to any group or organisation that has a keen wish to see their young people succeed.
Steve Shields, RCO Edinburgh Council Children and Families
“The interactive hip-hop workshop was the highlight of Scotland's national Environment Web Youth Discussion awards event held on 17June 2014 at Dynamic Earth.
Over 60 young people got to try out making environmentally focussed hip-hop tunes and wrote their own lyrics as part of the event. The workshops were first class, were extremely popular and were the talk of the event!”
Laura Copley, Low-Carbon Development Officer, Young Scot
Jordan Butler provided music writing workshop for YMCA Edinburgh as part of a film-making projectwith young people from North Edinburgh. He engaged the young people' creative skills and supported and encouraged them to express themselves through their music. Jordan is an experienced youth worker with a natural ability to engage and support young people. He has faced difficult challenges in life and is keen to share and use those as a positive learning opportunity, in his work with vulnerable young people at risk. YMCA Edinburgh looks forward to working with Jordan/ Creative-Options again in the future.
Kerry Reilly, YMCA Regional Manager, YMCA Scotland