INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE HOSTED A SEMINARTRAX EVENT
INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE HOSTED A SEMINARTRAX EVENT
United Federation of Teachers (UFT)/Member’s Assistance Program – Let’s Talk About It Virtual Field Trip – Spring 2020
Presenting: Road Recovery’s VirtualTrax Program youth, Darryl DMC McDaniels (of the music group RUN DMC), Youth Voices Matter, Dr. Stephen Dewey, UFT President, Michael Mulgrew, and Robert Ferrell, U.S. Army Lieutenant General, VP World Wide Technology (WWT)
Location: live streamed through Cisco WebEx & YouTube
Capacity: 150 New York City middle and high schools reaching more than 1,100 students & their families
Sponsored & Supported by: UFT Member Assistance Program, Road Recovery, World Wide Technology (WWT), NYC Department of Education
Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists, UFT Positive Learning Collaborative, UFT United Community
Schools, and Seafield Treatment Center.
Musicians Health Care Summit: Mental Health Initiatives – Spring 2020
Presenting: MusiCares, Road Recovery, Nuci’s Space, Porter’s Call, Sound Mind Live, Tour Support, & Backline
Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA
Capacity: 50 (music industry professionals)
Sponsored by: Health Care Conference Administrators, LLC (dba Global Health Care, LLC)
OASAS Quality of Care in the Age of Managed Care – The Future of Addiction Services for Youth – Winter 2020
Presenting: Road Recovery’s history and youth TraxPrograms model
Location: Marriott Hotel, Albany, NY
Capacity: 300 (mental health professionals)
Sponsored by: OASAS (NY State Office of Addiction Services and Supports)
WINTER JAZZFEST Presents: Jazz Talks – Organizations Caring For Musicians – Winter 2020
MusiCares, Road Recovery, Backline, Mute, Jazz Foundation
Location: The Moxy Hotel Rooftop, Manhattan, NY
Capacity: 50 (all ages)
Sponsored by: equilibrium, MOON31
Road Recovery Hits It in Red Hook, Brooklyn – Winter 2019
Location: Red Hook Art Project, Brooklyn,NY
Capacity: 25 (all ages)
Sponsored by: Road Recovery, ShineMaker Foundation & Vanilla Star Jeans
Red Hook Arts Project (RHAP) is a non-profit organization that provides free visual art, music, academic and stress management instruction to children and youth who live in and around Red Hook, Brooklyn.
“RHAP and Road Recovery spent the evening jamming to heartfelt music about life and its challenges and left the mic open for personal conversations and life experiences. This event was truly inspiring for all of us in attendance, youth and adults.” – Tiffiney Davis, Co Founder/Managing Director
Rock-N-Ride 2019 Celebrating Road Recovery’s 7 Trax Program Sites, Youth Participants, Staff, & Program Sponsors / Supporters – Fall 2019
Rock-N-Ride 2019 was a week-long cycling event that visited all 7 Road Recovery Trax Program locations across New York State. Road Recovery founder and avid cyclist Gene Bowen raised awareness about the non-profit’s dedicated ‘peer support’ staff in celebration and youth participants enrolled in the charity’s program expansion. Road Recovery is a partner with youth-serving organizations hosting each Trax Program, all committed to supporting young people battling addiction and other adversities.
Burlington and Kingsbury Family Fund return again as corporate financial sponsors, and Vanilla Star Jeans again sponsored the donation of clothing and merchandise for youth participating at each Road Recovery Trax Program Site!
Sept. 19th – Creative Connections Clubhouse, Amsterdam, NY – OASAS/ State Opioid Response (SOR) grant
Sept. 21st – Oneonta Teen Center / Club Odyssey, Oneonta, NY – OASAS/ State Opioid Response (SOR) grant
Sept. 23rd – Columbia County Clubhouse, Hudson, NY – OASAS/ State Opioid Response (SOR) grant
Sept 23rd – Greene County Clubhouse, Catskill, NY – OASAS/ State Opioid Response (SOR) grant
Sept. 25th – BronxConnect-Release The Grip, The Bronx, NY – The Pinkerton Foundation
Sept. 30th – Yonkers YMCA Youth Recovery Clubhouse, Yonkers, NY – OASAS/ State Opioid Response (SOR) grant
Oct. 7th – RecoveryTrax Program, New York, NY – ShineMaker Foundation, Atran Foundation
Road Recovery Creative Staff – Give Back, Reach Out & Jam – Fall 2019
Location: Horizons Clubhouse, Massena, NY
Capacity: 25 teens/young adults from Massena, NY area drug & alcohol rehabs
Sponsored by: Road Recovery & Horizons Clubhouse
Community Outreach Event: A gathering of inpatient teens and young adults who were seeking medical treatment for substance abuse issues in the Massena, NY area participated in an interactive discussion with Road Recovery’s creative staff about their struggles, and solutions. The Road Recovery community outreach event culminated in a loud impromptu musical jam of hope by Road Recovery’s creative staff for all in attendance.
Road Recovery Supporters & Music Industry Execs Show Up! – Spring 2019
Location: BronxConnect, Bronx, NY
Capacity: 50 teens & young adults and BronxConnect RTG staff
Sponsored by: Road Recovery & Church of Rock & Roll
Road Recovery partnered with The Church of Rock & Roll music industry professionals; Jason Flom (Founder/CEO, Lava Records), Bruce Carbone (Sr VP, DefJam), DJ/Producer David Biral (Take a Daytrip) and his manager Cody Verdecias (Atlantic Records exec), to talk about career development and life lessons learned.
BronxConnect is a faith and community-based organization that offers youth alternatives to detention, incarceration and violence prevention programs.
“LET’S TALK ABOUT IT” – Spring 2019
Location: United Federation of Teachers (UFT), New York, NY
Capacity: 800 (middle/high school students & teachers from all 5 boroughs
Sponsored by: United Federation of Teachers (UFT), MAP Member Assistance Program
“Today was a great day for New York City Public School kids. 800 students and teachers got to experience the world of addiction from a completely different lenses. Road Recovery’s courage and talent opened up a new way of learning. I am sure the students and their teachers left knowing more about substance use and the impact it has on one’s life than when they came in. I can’t thank the Road Recovery crew of young people and staff enough for this collaborative effort and look forward to next year’s event! You’re all rock stars in my book.” – Tina Puccio, LCSW, Director, UFT Member Assistance Program
APA “LEARNING LUNCH” – Spring 2019
Location: APA (Agency for Performing Arts) talent agencies (NYC office)
Capacity: 40 APA staff
Sponsored by: APA, NYC
APA Learning Lunch, a mix of sharing personal stories and presenting original music by Road Recovery’s youth to the young and impressionable music industry employees at APA. A post-performance discussion ensued on how young APA staff can get involved with music industry driven charity Road Recovery.
‘TattTour’ – Talk It Out – Spring 2019
Location: Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, Tampa, Florida
Capacity: 100 high school students
Sponsored by: The DeBartolo Family & Road Recovery music industry supporters
“Road Recovery’s music and life stories made a big impact on the views I have on my own life. Although I do not face the all same struggles they have, their stories gave me a different perspective on my own life and reassured me by knowing that other people are going through the same things I am. As a musician, their music inspired me and I enjoyed participating in their meaningful songs. Their short presentation made a significant impact on me that I will always remember.” – Student, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School
Road Recovery & Youth Voices Matter NY presents ‘Sound Off & Chill’ – Winter 2019
Location: Yonkers, NY YMCA Clubhouse
Capacity: 50 teens and young adults
Sponsored by: Youth Voices Matter-NY (YVM-NY), Yonkers YMCA Clubhouse, ShineMaker Foundation.
Road Recovery’ youth house band TYPE II joined again with Youth Voices Matter-NY, the grass roots youth recovery movement in New York State, to celebrate our youth’s commitment to recovery, self-determination and empowerment at the youth recovery clubhouse in Yonkers.
Rock-N-Reach – Fall 2018
Location(s): Catskill, Hudson, Oneonta, New York
Capacity: 100 (all ages)
Sponsored by: New York State OASAS, the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Friends of Recovery New York, and Vanilla Star Jeans.
Youth Voices Matter-New York and Road Recovery presented Rock-N-Reach, a mini-tour engaging four selected Youth Recovery Clubhouses in New York State. Each Rock-N-Reach stop on the tour included an interactive and creative event that involved youth and staff from the Youth Recovery Clubhouses together with Youth Voices Matter-New York and members of Road Recovery’s mentors and youth house band called TYPE II.
Youth Clubhouses of Columbia-Greene, Club Odyssey and Oneonta Teen Center each presented their own Rock-N-Reach interactive creative performance in Catskill, Hudson and Oneonta, New York. Each of the four Rock-N-Reach events featured participants who shared their personal stories of hope and recovery through an open mic presentation.
Rock-N-Reach also featured members from each participating Youth Recovery Clubhouse to travel to other clubhouses to experience the other shows on the mini-tour, which created an opportunity for Youth Voices Matter-New York and clubhouse members to forge stronger and deeper connections amongst their own recovery network of peers and supporters.
In addition, each Rock-N-Reach event at the clubhouses served as an open house invitation to local communities, helping to further promote their youth recovery services within the area.
Road Recovery’s Youth House Band Open House Celebration – Fall 2018
Location: Recovery Spot, Manhattan, NY
Capacity: 50 (all ages)
Sponsored by: Recovery Spot
Road Recovery’s youth house band led the ‘Open House’ celebration at the Recovery Spot new facility by sharing their music and inspiring life experiences with a packed house of friends, families, and supporters from the medical treatment field.
Rock-N-Ride – Summer 2018
Location(s): 11 Youth Recovery Clubhouses & the NY State Recovery Conference
Capacity: hundreds of youth ages 6-25 years of age
Sponsored by: Burlington, Vanilla Star Jeans
In celebrating Road Recovery’s 20-year anniversary, the take-action non-profit launched Rock-N-Ride this summer, a 1000 + mile cycling odyssey by the charity’s founder gene bowen. Bowen rode his bicycle throughout New York State to 11 selected Youth Recovery Clubhouses and the annual New York State Recovery Conference. The goals behind the cycling force of Rock-N-Ride was to amplify the voices of amazing youth and young adults at Youth Recovery Clubhouses through the Youth Voices Matter-NY social media movement and demonstrate how much their lives matter.
Each of the 12 Rock-N-Ride stops in 10 Empire State Zones consisted of peer-support meet-ups and interactive discussions, followed by youth-organized fun events like Bar-B-Q cookouts, dancing, spoken word slams, karaoke open mic, carnivals, lawn games & sports activities.
Throughout the Rock-N-Ride journey, everyone involved in the grass-roots campaign was profoundly touched by the many young people who so freely shared about their lives. Youth Recovery Clubhouses and staff are providing safe places to support youth and young adults. The youth recovery movement led by Youth Voices Matter-NY provides platforms to pump up youth voices in New York State.
Each Rock-N-Ride event brought awareness to youth recovery communities through social media and local media outlets. Rock-N-Ride shared the powerful voices of Youth Voices Matter-NY leading the youth recovery movement. Vanilla Star Jeans also donated giveaway clothing and merchandise for the kids at each clubhouse stop, while sponsor Burlington donated funds to make the Rock-N-Ride campaign a reality.
Road Recovery Youth Share @ Believe in Recovery Day Conference – Summer 2018
Location: Holiday Inn, Johnstown, NY
Capacity: 50 (all ages)
Sponsored by: HFM Prevention Council
The HFM Prevention Council is a non-profit agency funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The mission of the HFM Prevention Council is to increase the health and wellness in Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery Counties by preventing and reducing addiction disorders through education, recovery supports, supportive housing and community outreach.
‘Speakers & Sneakers’ – Music, Poetry, Vogue-Dance, Paint Splashing – Spring 2018
Location: Catskill Community Center, Catskill, NY
Capacity: 50 (teens, young adults)
Sponsored by: Youth Clubhouses of Columbia-Greene, Catskill Community Ctr, & Youth Voices Matter-NY
A youth-driven outreach event that allowed youth and young adults to pump up their voices by sharing their life experiences and solutions of hope with Catskill, NY community.
Fusion Academy Park Avenue Campus – Spring 2018
Location: Manhattan, NY
Capacity: 40 (teens, staff, parents)
Sponsored by: Fusion Academy
“Thank you Road Recovery and your gang for showing up, sharing your message of hope and jamming with us. For us (staff and kids) it was a big deal and a lot of fun. We’d love to do it again and again!” – Daniel White, Music Instructor, Fusion Academy Park Avenue Campus
Readings on Recovery, Hosted by SobrieTea Party – Winter 2018
Location: HUB Seventeen, located inside Lululemon in NYC
Capacity: 60 (all ages)
Sponsored by: Road Recovery & Youth Voices Matter-NY (YVM-NY)
Readings on Recovery is where individuals are given the platform to share what recovery means to them. Performers express themselves however they feel comfortable whether it be through personal essay, stand-up comedy, poetry, live music, or dance. Said performances cover topics from substance abuse to eating disorders to dysfunctional relationships and more. The goal in this series is to show that we are all recovering from something. Addict or not.
Road Recovery’s Youth Voices Matter NY Pop-Up Launch Event – Fall 2018
Location: The Graham School, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Capacity: 50 (teens & staff)
Sponsored by: YVM-NY, The Graham School
Road Recovery’s RecoveryTrax Program youth joined forces for an interactive, youth-driven event. This historical event launched Youth Voices Matter NY – the youth movement which demonstrated some of the pathways in which young people overcome personal struggles while offering solutions to live a meaningful and purposeful life, free from active addiction and other adversities.
Road Recovery Youth Panel @ New York State Recovery Conference – Fall 2017
Recovery Across a Lifetime
Location: Albany Capital Center, Albany, NY
Capacity: 50 (general public, health care professionals)
Sponsored by: Friends of Recovery – NY, The Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (ASAP), OASAS
SOFAR Sounds & TOMS Presents Road Recovery’s Outreach Event – Fall 2017
Location: Toms (shoes), Lower Eastside, NYC
Capacity: 50 (all ages)
Sponsored by: SOFAR Sounds, Toms, Fashion Institute of Technology
Road Recovery’s program youth performed music, shared inspiring stories and interacted with the audience at Sofar Sounds NYC acoustic pop-up show at TOMS shoe store. The event was conceived by an event marketing student at Fashion Institute of Technology who was touched by Road Recovery. Sofar Sounds presents amazing artists in intimate spaces, performing stripped-back sets to carefully curated audiences.
The Message of Rock at Realization Center (outpatient program) – Fall 2017
Location: Realization Center, Manhattan, NY
Capacity: 40 (teens & young adult outpatient clients)
Sponsored by: ShineMaker Foundation
Road Recovery’s youth band Type II and staff participated in an outreach event at Realization Center in NYC. Type II shared personal stories, performed original and popular music and interacted with the youth audience at The Realization Center which provides effective holistic care for young adults in trouble with substances, with relationships, with themselves.
Recovery Across A Lifetime, New York State Recovery Conference – Fall 2017
Location: Marriot Hotel Capital Center, Albany, NY
Capacity: 500 (all ages)
Sponsored by: Friends of Recovery-NY, The Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (ASAP)
Road Recovery youth and staff participated in the NYS Youth & Young Adult Strategic Planning Breakout Session led by officials from NYS OASAS and FOR-NY’s Executive Director Stephanie Campbell. The NYS Recovery Conference is a day and a half event including inspiring speakers, professional workshops, networking events, and exhibits.
World Wide Technology’s DAY OF CARING – Fall 2017
Location: Central Park, NYC
Capacity: 45 (adults)
Sponsored by: World Wide Technology, Inc.
Employee-volunteers from World Wide Technology Inc. (WWT) raised needs funds and support for Road Recovery’s Trax Programs to help reach at-risk youth. WWT staff celebrated the achievements of those who exemplify Road Recovery and those who are living examples of the charities “Don’t Give Up” Campaign. Personal stories touched by Road Recovery experiences were shared to WWT employees by an alumni parent a young participant from our Trax Programs and RR staff members.
MusiCares (NARAS/Grammys) Addiction Recovery Panel – “Plugged In…Treating The Music Professional and Leading Them Toward a Lifetime of Recovery” – Spring 2017
Location: BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), NYC
Capacity: 50 (music industry & health care professionals from throughout the USA)
Sponsored by: MusiCares Foundation
Guest Panelist: Road Recovery board members Simon Kirke (drummer, Bad Company) and Gene Bowen (Founder), Neil Lasher (Sony/ATV Music Publishing, MusiCares), Jennifer Leff (MusiCares), Robbin Mooney (Crossroads Centre Antigua), Lasher, Michael McDonald (Mick Mgmt), Miles Adcox, and Chapman Sledge, MD (Cumberland Heights).
Road Recovery Supporters Carleigh Jade & Krista Speak Up – Spring 2017
Location: The Graham School (foster care agency), Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Capacity: 40 (teenage girls & boys)
Sponsored by: The Black Motorcycle, The Graham School, Graham-Windham Services
“I have learned from doing this work that one moment can make such a difference in our kids’ lives. They were so connected on Saturday that my guess is there were many moments happening that day. Road Recovery will forever be part of who we are at the Graham School.” – Kristen Ragusa, Vice President, The Graham School
In the Classroom with (FIT) Students – Spring 2017 Road Recovery youth share their life experiences
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), NYC
Capacity: 25 (college students)
Sponsored by: Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Professor Bret Tesman
The National Council for Behavioral Health Celebrates Road Recovery Youth – Spring 2017
Location: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
Capacity: 1000 (all ages)
Sponsored by: National Council for Behavioral Health (NATCON-17)
Young adults participating in Road Recovery’s RecoveryTrax Program performed original music, shared personal stories and led an interactive workshop at National Council for Behavioral Health’s Awards of Excellence in Seattle at NatCon17. Road Recovery’s youth were given the opportunity to meet and engage conversations with the US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.
Message of Hope – Outreach Awareness Fundraising Event with Road Recovery – Spring 2017
Location: Bergen County, New Jersey
Capacity: 50 (all ages)
Sponsored by: Elliot Newhouse, Dr. Raquel Dardik
Responding to their communities need for awareness of resources that are available to young people, long-time supporter Elliot Newhouse with wife Dr. Raquel Dardik opened their home to Road Recovery for a private community outreach awareness and fundraising event. The invite only event featured performances by Road Recovery board members Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Dr. Scott Bienenfeld (addiction specialist), and an emotional performance by Road Recovery’s house youth band TYPE II.
Road Recovery Youth Give Back at Educational Alliance Recovery Center – Winter 2017
Location: Educational Alliance, Pride Site, Lower East Side, NYC
Capacity: 50 (inpatient/outpatient clients & clinical staff)
Sponsored by: Road Recovery
Friends of Recovery New York & NYU Silver School of Social Work – Spring 2016
Location: NYU Silver School of Social Work, Manhattan, NY
Capacity: 50 (young adults)
Sponsored by: Friends of Recovery New York, OASAS, and NYU Silver School of Social Work
“By sponsoring events with organizations like Road Recovery and our friends at NYU, we hope to create a safe space for young people to share their experience, strength and hope with each other and build recovery capital and connective tissue in NYC”. – Stephanie Campbell, Director of Policy, Friends of Recovery-NY
Fusion Academy, Manhattan, NY – Winter 2016
Location: Fusion Academy, Manhattan, NY
Capacity: 50 students, faculty and parents
Sponsored by: Fusion Academy
“We are really happy to have Road Recovery here with us this evening. I think that there’s a great synergy between Road Recovery and Fusion Academy because we serve a lot of creative kids…the sort of kids who have struggled in the past…who have experienced trauma. Road Recovery serves EXACTLY that kind of student”. – Lucas Goodwin, Director of Admissions and Outreach for Fusion Academy Manhattan
Warwick Valley Middle & High School, Warwick, NY – Fall 2015
Location: Warwick Valley Middle & High School, Warwick, NY
Capacity: 800 (students, faculty, community members)
Sponsored by: Warwick Valley School District
Five separate ‘meeting & music’ SeminarTrax events were presented to 7th, 8th, 9th & 11th graders and educators in the middle & high school media centers. Road Recovery’s youth house band – Type II and RR parents and staff presented a community-wide outreach event for parents, community leaders, students, treatment field professionals and other area residents.
“It was a measure of Road Recovery’s success that the student audience seemed unusually attentive and quiet even after the performance had ended and the bell had rung.” – The Warwick Advertiser
“The RR Outreach events provide an intimate, personal look at drug use and addiction through the special language of young people performing their music and sharing their honest message. The events break down barriers between the audience and Road Recovery’s youth, allowing people, and especially young people, to ask questions they may have been afraid to ask out loud previously. Road Recovery creates a safe space to explore issues and more importantly, to explore feelings. Road Recovery’s youth allows for a powerful and necessary dialogue about some of the most taboo subjects, from bullying to loneliness to the stigma of addiction.” – Annie Colonna, Facilitator, Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition
SUBWAY® Restaurants World Headquarters – Spring 2015
Location: Subway World Headquarters, Milford, CT
Attendees: Don Fertman, Chief Development Officer for the SUBWAY® Restaurant Chain
Sponsored by: Subway
“When a group of young people arrived at Subway…I found myself sharing not only my story, but my experience, strength and hope in the truest sense, along with my feelings and most surprisingly, a very personal part of me – my music. These 5 youthful musicians in turn shared their evening, themselves and their music with me.”
-Don Fertman, Chief Development Officer
Warwick Valley Middle School, Warwick, NY – Fall 2014
Location: Warwick Valley Middle School, Warwick, NY
Capacity: 50 (students)
Sponsored by: Warwick Valley School District, Health Class
“My students and I were fortunate to have young participants of Road Recovery share their stories with us. Road Recovery’s young people gave us a real life understanding of how drug addiction can negatively impact every part of one’s life such as safety, family, school, goals and relationships. I am glad that Road Recovery is gives its young participants an opportunity to create new beginnings and give back to the community.” – Renee Gouveia, Warwick Valley Middle School Health Education
CBGB Festival, Times Square NYC – Fall 2014
Location: Times Square NYC
Capacity: Thousands (all ages)
Sponsored by: CBGB Festival
Performances by: Jane’s Addiction, Devo, Face The King, Robert DeLong We Are Scientists & many more!
SiriusXM Doctor Radio with Perri Peltz – Fall 2014
Featuring: Road Recovery youth & RR staff member
“Thank You ROAD RECOVERY’s young people for an awesome interview, spreading the message of hope for young and old!” – Perri Peltz (Sirius Radio Doctor Radio)
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, Bergen County, NJ – Summer 2014
CHAT (Creating Healthy Attitudes in Teens)
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources created CHAT as a program for teens whose use of drugs or alcohol is beginning to create problems for them in their lives.
“We are so grateful to Road Recovery’s Matt (21 years old) & Eli (15 years old) for taking the time to come and speak with the teens in our CHAT (Creating Healthy Attitudes in Teens) program. Their stories were honest and inspiring! Thank you.” – Ellen Elias – Sr. VP Prevention & Community Services Children’s Aid & Family Services – The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources
New York University (NYU) Child Study Center – Spring 2014
“The work of Road Recovery is all inspiring. By providing an outlet for creativity, in the spirit of collaboration and mentorship, participants experience joy and pride in ways that were once unimaginable.” – Dr. Marianne Chai, MD – Child, Adolescent and Addiction Psychiatrist Alternative and Integrative Medicine Specialist, Clinical Instructor at the NYU Child Study Center
SiriusXM Doctor Radio with Perri Peltz – Spring 2014
Featuring: performances by Type II (RR youth house band) & Simon Kirke (Bad Company, RR staff member)
“Thank You ROAD RECOVERY for an awesome concert – and interview! Come back soon!” – Perri Peltz (Sirius Radio Doctor Radio)
Warwick Valley High School, Warwick, NY – Spring 2014
Location: Warwick Valley High School, Warwick, NY
Capacity: 500 (students, faculty)
Sponsored by: Supporters of Road Recovery
“I had no idea what was going on in the Media Center. Their music is awesome; it’s really cool they came to perform and speak with us about what they’ve been through, especially since they’re our age. That took a lot of courage.” – Warwick Valley High School Student
Hazelden Tribecca 12 – Winter 2014
Location: Hazelden Tribeca 12, NYC
Attendees: 40 (young adults, clinical staff)
Sponsored by: Hazelden
“I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Road Recovery. I have seen the most difficult clients with pervasive mental health and substance use challenges transform before my eyes as a direct result of this organization! Road Recovery’s program truly harnesses the healing power of music and provides a fun and exciting community helping to restore confidence, hope, passion, and inspiration for the future!” – Samantha Orpaz, MA, MS, CASAC, Hazelden Tribeca Twelve
School of Rock, Waldwick, NJ – Fall 2013
“Wow, the Road Recovery presentation tonight was PROFOUNDLY meaningful for my son. He has really been struggling and feeling alone. He told me that he shared that today is his one month clean from cutting date! (the Road Recovery kids applauded and yelled in support when my son announced he was celebrating one month clean). He said he never realized that an anniversary date had such a special meaning — he just thought it was some random date. What a gift! Thank you so much for bringing Road Recovery into School of Rock!” -Parent (of a student in the School of Rock)
The Partnership at Drugfree.org, NYC – Fall 2013
“Huge thanks to Road Recovery’s Type II band for playing some amazing music at our office this afternoon. We loved hearing your songs and having some great conversation afterward. You guys rock!” – The Partnership At Drugfree.org
Private outreach event for medical professionals & families, NYC
“I cannot put into words how much I believe in the work being done at Road Recovery. It was so clear to me tonight that music is a common bond for these kids, bringing them together as they recover.
You have my word that I will continue to be a huge advocate for Road Recovery as we continue to meet people within in recovery community.” – Clark Zac, COO – anonymous sober living facility
Hazelden Tribeca 12, NYC
Location: Hazelden Tribeca 12, NYC
Attendees: 40 (young adults)
Sponsored by: Hazelden
“Road Recovery’s youth and their music embody a message of hope and possibility that all of us can attain!” – Samantha Orpaz, Hazelden, NYC
Phoenix House, NYC
“The outreach event was SO cool!!! I think everyone came in wondering, “Okay, who is this garage band…” and they left saying, “Damn! I really want to get involved!” It was very powerful, the music and the message was FABULOUS, and many of our kids took fliers, our kids are NOT easily impressed. Road Recovery really inspired people to think about recovery in a new way. Getting healthy doesn’t have to be a limiting experience; it can be an expansive one. Road Recovery definitely demonstrated that tonight.” – Jessica Knoll, LMSW, CASAC – Phoenix House – IMPACT Program
JMATE Conference, Washington, DC
“We cannot thank you, your young people, and your staff enough for your performance, panel, interactive discussions and presence at the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) last week. Road Recovery’s concert was a highlight of the conference! You have such a hopeful and powerful message about the role of music in recovery, and it was an honor to hear the recovery stories and music of the young people.” – Heather J. Gotham, PhD – 2012 JMATE Program Chair
One Recovery One Night , The Loft, Brooklyn, NY
ONE RECOVERY.ONE NIGHT – an event to bring awareness and focus to all the amazing resources available for those in need of recovery from active addiction and those already clean and sober – Awareness. Resources. Solutions. A powerful message of hope delivered through the voices of young people involved in Road Recovery’s Trax Programs.
Caron Treatment Center, Wernersville, PA
“The Road Recovery youth gave two outreach events for the Caron Young Adult and Adolescent patients last Friday…. They blew the house away: with their music and their honest recovery sharing. “Wow, you can have fun AND make music AND be sober and clean,” was the sentiment of many who attended. Thanks Road Recovery for making a difference for so many!!” – Todd Whitmer, Caron New York; Regional Vice President
Millbrook School, Dutchess County, NY
“We in the health care education business spend a lot of time teaching kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We stress that you don’t have to be high to have fun—I think that message coming from adults doesn’t often carry much weight. The brilliance of Road Recovery is that there are kids up there performing, having fun, supporting each other and laying it out there for all to see “This is what life can be like without drugs and alcohol”. It’s a very powerful message that can only be delivered by a kid who’s been there.” – Ann Matthews, LCSW, Director of Counseling – Millbrook School
Ann Matthews, Director of Counseling – Millbrook School (center) surrounded by Road Recovery staff and participants before Road Recovery’s outreach event.
“Road Recovery’s young people are brave to perform and tell their stories. “- Millbrook School, student
*the Millbrook School is a coeducational, college preparatory boarding school for students in grades 9-12.
New York University
New York University – Tisch School of the Arts Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music
“I want to thank you so much for taking the time to visit my class last night. Your presentation was terrific and informative. Let’s keep the conversation going about ways to integrate recorded music students into Road Recovery’s program and outreach efforts. Many thanks again.” – Lauren B. Davis, Associate Teacher and Internship Faculty Advisor NYU-Tisch School of the Arts Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music
Road Recovery Co-Founder, Jack Bookbinder, Professor Davis with NYU Students for ‘Social Entrepreneurship in Music’ presentation at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
“Road Recovery’s passion and commitment to empowering young people to make positive choices in their lives is remarkable. With Road Recovery reaching out to serve the youth in our community, it was a natural fit for Bethel Woods. It was a rewarding experience to see the kids connect with their peers, the artist and the music and we look forward to working with Road Recovery again.” Elaine Muscara, Bethel Woods’ Community Outreach Coordinator explained “The staff of Bethel Woods foster an environment of caring and giving to the local community plus kids and staff of Road Recovery that embodies that spirit of love for one another achieved from the Woodstock Concert days.” – Peter Frampton, Artist
(center) Peter Frampton & son, Julian Frampton (center right) gather with the assembly of youth after their moving father and son Road Recovery outreach event
School of Rock, South Hackensack, NJ
(L-R) Road Recovery’s Gene Bowen, SOR owner Mike Montalbano, RXP Radio host Matt Pinfield, SOR Manager Anthony Lasala , and Static (OURS) after Road Recovery’s outreach event in South Hackensack, NJ
“Hearing Road Recovery founder, Gene Bowen and his supporter, legendary radio & TV personality, Matt Pinfield speak about their life experiences was moving and inspiring. Road Recovery is extraordinary and the message the organization brings to kids is remarkable. On behalf of the entire the School of Rock community we thank Road Recovery for the positive influence they provide young people.” – Mike Montalbano, Owner, School of Rock
Phoenix Academy, Austin, Texas
Photo Credit: Gary Miller
(l-r) Billy Bragg and Steve Martin interact with Phoenix Academy youth about their life experiences
“Our clients and staff were truly motivated by Road Recovery coming to our facility with Road Recovery supporters from near and far, recording artists Wayne Kramer, Billy Bragg, Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev), Kevin Calaba (Stars of Track and Field), talent agent Steve Martin (The Agency Group). Sharing your experience, strength and hope through your words and music inspired the youth to continue to reach for their goals and encouraged our staff to continue to understand and learn as they work with the young people we serve. Personally, the experience demonstrated to me the power of music and we will use this opportunity to further grow our music program. We will look forward to a repeat next year!!!!” – Laurie DeLong, Director Phoenix Academy, Austin, Texas
Westwood Regional JR/SR High School, Washington Township, NJ
Crazy James members speak with Westwood HS students about their life experiences getting sober as a teens.
As educators, we constantly try to help students make positive choices but we know they all do not listen to our message. Road Recovery offered an alternative venue to try to reach the students through music and stories of recovering students. Students and faculty reported the Road Recovery assembly was very positive!” – Thomas A. Gorman, Principal – Westwood Regional Junior/Senior High School, Washington Township, NJ
Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Ossining, NY
“I wish to compliment the Road Recovery organization for a great entrée into our world at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. The inmates that attended your program on 5/2/09 led by Wayne Kramer have talked about it throughout the population in a highly positive way. Staff that listened to your talk and rocked to your music will never forget your visit here. I sincerely wish to thank to thank you for helping us stay inspired on our “road recovery”.- Dawson Brown, Acting Superintendent, Sing Sing Correctional Facility
SXSW Music & Media Conference 2009, Austin, TX
“Road Recovery is Great! Bob 1” – Bob Mothersbaugh (DEVO)
Agawam High School, Agawam, MA
“The Road Recovery ‘outreach’ experience was more than we ever, ever, expected! The Crazy James band was exciting and very professional. The break out groups were well attended. The high school students were engaged with the band members in meaningful dialogue. All in all it was a fantastic day all around. I would not hesitate to recommend this to any one looking for an innovative way to discuss the issue of substance abuse.”- Ralph Figy, School Adjustment Counselor, Agawam High School
12 and 12, Inc., Tulsa, OK
“Spectacular, awesome, appreciated and incredible!!!I want to express my sincere appreciation to Road Recovery and your mission. This was such a successful evening for us. The clients and I just loved Crazy James!! Wow, their recovery stories touched and moved so many and the music was simply outstanding. My hats off to you folks! Thanks for coming to Oklahoma, thanks for coming to 12 & 12and thanks for your mission. I look forward to keeping touch, and hopefully working together again! Please extend my deepest appreciation and respect to everyone in the band, they will be remembered for a long, long time around here.”- Bryan Day, Director of Business Relations, 12 and 12, Inc.
St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester, NY
“I’m sending out a giant ‘Thank You’ to the young people from Road Recovery for last night! Their profound performance and message is still resonating throughout the halls of St. Vincent’s Westchester Hospital. It was an absolute pleasure for everyone to see such talented, sincere, gracious, and grateful young people. I feel truly blessed to have witnessed such hope in the future through these young people! Please be sure to send them my personal regards and best wishes for their continued success.” – Barbara Halla, Nurse Manager – St. Vincent’s Hospital-Westchester
Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson, Tarrytown, NY
“The participation of Road Recovery in our underage drinking symposium was priceless. Our teens connected to the “Crazy James” crew musically and emotionally. I believe it was an experience they will carry with them as they contemplate the choices they will make in the future.” – Frank Hassid, Executive Director, JCC on the Hudson
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
“Road Recoveryis an impressive program toward maintaining recovery!”- Alan I. Green, M.D. Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School
Warwick Valley High School, Orange County, NY
“The Road Recovery outreach event hosted by our school district literally sent shock-waves through the entire educational community. By openly sharing their powerful message through their music, the young members of Crazy James moved everyone in attendance. The young were forced to confront the fact that they are key players in the shaping of their futures, and adults were reminded of how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to work with adolescents each day. The thing that has stayed in my mind since the event is how Road Recovery was able to quietly “unfreeze” the existing equilibrium of our school’s culture, and “refreeze” it so that everyone who was there left somehow changed. An hour hadn’t passed and the Road Recovery crew and Crazy James were deeply missed.. After two hours, we were thinking about how we couldget them to return.”- Richard Linkens, Director of English, Social Studies, and Academic Intervention Services WarwickValley Central School District
Delaware Valley High School, Milford, PA
“Road Recovery’s Crazy James band concert and interactive discussion groups provided an effective, invitingand non-threatening message about the reality of addiction and the benefits of healthy living from teens and young adults involved in Road Recovery’s program. Our high school students actually paid attention to the message and music,AND, most importantly – actively participated in RoadRecovery’s discussion groups.”- Joseph W. Casmus, 11th & 12th Grade Principal, Delaware Valley High School District
DOA (Disease of Addiction), PDAP (Palmer Drug Abuse Program), & The University of Texas Center for Students in Recovery and Shoal Creek Hospital – Austin, Texas
“The connection we witnessed between the Road Recovery group and the students, the sincerity, genuine caring, the way they listened was really amazing. Road Recovery’s unique way of reaching youth through music and the powerful message of the musicians themselves can’t be compared. Like our organization, they want to make and difference and they want to do it differently.”- DOA(Disease of Addiction) Board: Danni Morford, Gina Harlow, Donah Matza, Connor Finnigan
Aurora House, Lockport, NY
“Road Recovery provided our youth with an amazing and interesting outlook on sobriety, addictions and mental health issues. The interaction was phenomenal and the bands music was truly enjoyed. Thank you for this opportunity to allow our youth in program to connect with other teens battling many of life’s hardships and displaying hope, dedication to healing, and stability in working through mental health/addictions. Thank You!”- Audrey Connell, Aurora House, Lockport, NY
Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ
“Performing with Road Recovery’s sober teen band – Crazy James, along with hearing their inspiring life experiences was an amazing experience. I had so much fun and will never forget it!” – Sarah Wilson, Artist/Singer, Princeton High School senior
Tenafly High School, Tenafly, NJ
“Road Recovery and their sober teen band – Crazy James were a fresh, raw and “in your face” presentation to more than 400 students revealing the truth about what addictions can lead to. The music component was powerful and the idea of peers presenting to peers (the presenters were 18 – 23 years old, some of whom were still in high school), was very effective and important as the students could relate to the band members on that level. Road Recovery’s message is one of honesty, experience and hope.” – Janet Gould, Tenafly High School – (SAC) – Student Assistance Counselor
Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, Connecticut
“The members of Road Recovery’s Crazy James band are an inspiration to us all; they are introspective and insightful people as well as incredibly talented musical artists. Their compassionate words and beautiful lyrics touched us all here at Silver Hill and I look forward to listening to their music in the future. It made me want to stay clean seeing how happy they were and how much fun they were having.” – Anonymous Adolescent
“The talented band members provide a valuable and deeply appreciated message to people in recovery and to those who try to guide them along the way. Many thanks for the memorable performances. We hope Road Recovery will be a regular contributor to our patient’s recovery.” – Elizabeth Moore, Chief Operating Officer – Silver Hill Hospital
The North Shore Recovery High School, Beverly, Massachusetts
“Expanding our community to include Road Recovery’s teens was one of the most beneficial experiences for our students’ struggles with their own recovery. Their words, spoken and sung were not just powerful, they were meaningful. They were able to connect with the population most affected by this disease, the children. I look forward to future interactions with our friends from Road Recovery. Thank you for going the distance.” – Michelle Lipinski, Director, Northshore Recovery High School Beverly, MA
Caron Treatment Centers, Wernersville, PA – Adolescent Unit
The private performance at the Caron Treatment Center provided a forum for ten Crazy James band members involved with Road Recovery to recount their ‘in-crisis’ life-altering experiences to more than fifty teens who are currently patients for drug/alcohol addiction treatment. The Crazy James members shared their experiences from their time of being dragged into detoxification treatment, to facing their own demons head-on, and now living life sober on the outside. The Crazy James band members provided inspiration, firsthand accounts of their encounters after being discharged from treatment, and the countless opportunities and connections each have received in choosing life without the use of drugs & alcohol.
NASW (National Association of Social Workers) ‘06 Conference – Fordham University, NY
Panel Discussion: ‘Addiction Issues in the Creative and Artistic Population’
Sponsored by: MusiCares Foundation – National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS)
“It was great to have Road Recovery’s participation on the MusiCares-sponsored panel. With the other panelists, Road Recovery Founder – Gene Bowen was able to articulate the challenges and rewards of getting and staying clean and sober while working in the music and artistic disciplines. It was a wonderful experience to partner with Road Recovery once again to get the good word out…” – Dee DeeAcquisto, MS Director, Health and Human Services for the MusiCares Foundation
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA) – NY, NY
“In ‘Crazy James’, Road Recovery with the support of the Caron Foundation have come up with a visionary and effective way to help teens who have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction stay sober and engaged. To hear these kids talk about their journey and their determination to stay alcohol and drug-free, and to hear all of that reflected in their terrific music, is nothing less than inspirational.” – Sean Clarkin EVP, Director of Strategy Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Phoenix House – IMPACT Program, NY, NY
“I always believed in the transformative power of music, but I had no idea how truly powerful it can be until I met and listened to the members of Road Recovery. For the first time, I saw kids who had a reason to stay sober — their own creative power. This isn’t for their parents, their teachers, their counselors, or the law … they want to stay sober for themselves. Every kid needs to find his or her own voice, and Road Recovery makes that dream a reality.” – Lisa Dumont, Deputy Director – IMPACT Program
Music Entertainment Industry Career Night, William Paterson University, Wayne NJ
“The heavyweights from Road Recovery added a very positive angle by offering up another side of the business and an oppportunity for students to check out a different challenging career. At the breakout session, surprise Road Recovery special guest, Walter Y. held the student’s attention and the spotlight!” – Dr. Stephen Marcone – Professor of Music, Coordinator of Music Management Program, Director of Music Graduate Studies, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
American Center for Educational Exchange, Beijing, China
2-hour lecture entitled Rock and Roll without Drugs: An American NPO’s Experience.
“The fact that the Chinese audience engaged in open dialogue during the question and answer session in the area of substance abuse, traditionally a taboo subject, illustrated the great impact your speech and organization had on those in attendance.”- Lisa K. Heller, Speaker Program Director, American Center for Educational Exchange, Beijing, China
Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, NY
“Road Recovery’s program was both inspiring and enlightening.” – Jerome Garner, Director of Student Development
Hamilton Fish – Department of Parks and Recreation Center, NY, NY
“The program developed by Road Recovery for the young people in my program was professional, relevant, and exciting. Road Recovery delivered a great message to the kids about the negative aspects of drug use and the reality of its prevalence in the music industry. In addition, they modeled how a person can work in the music industry, stay away from drugs, and have a happy and successful career doing what he or she loves to do. All of this was facilitated through interesting presentation and hands-on expeditionary learning.” – David Bruhowzki, Director – Lower East Side Youth Empowerment Foundation
Rehab After Work, Rehab After School, Exton, PA
“The evening was charged with adolescent recovery, kids hearing from kids about living art, and recovery. Behind their message, Road Recovery provides teenagers access to the music industry, opportunities they dream about and are now possible through recovery! Any support we can provide at Rehab After Work to help Road Recovery reach more kids in the Philadelphia area count us in!” – A. Michael Blanche, Adolescent Coordinator – Rehab After Work, Rehab After School
New York University, NY (Music Business and Technology Program)
“Thank you, and all the members of Road Recovery, for your presentation. Its only been a day and the response from our students has been overwhelming.” – Catherine Moore, Program Director
Teen Coffee House #2, The Moving Company Modern Dance Center, Warwick, NY
“The experience Road Recovery has given the kids, allowing them to perform “on the road”, has boosted their self-esteem tremendously. The Road Recovery drug free message that is clearly sent throughout your events, I believe, has clearly been received. Road Recovery’s message works so well with the mindset of a teen (“very un-preachy”).” – Linda Mensch, Director, Teen Coffee House, The Moving Company Modern Dance Center
Memorial Middle School, West Paterson, NJ
“The combination of the anti-substance message with the impact of Road Recovery’s expert musicians was very impressive. Both faculty and the student body are still raving about how effective Road Recovery’s workshops were.” – Deborah Arters, Executive Director, The Arts in Action Co.
Manhattan School of Music, NY
“Road Recovery’s Presentation was accessible and informative. Several of our students told me they found your stories powerful. Interestingly, the students all seemed to mention a different speaker has having particularly reached them.” – Monica Christensen, Ed.D. Associate Dean for Student Life
The Creative Arts Therapy Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Presented by Brooklyn Borough President
St Christopher’s Independence Inn, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
“St. Christopher-Ottilie Services for Children and Families has been involved with Road Recovery prior to it’s inception by providing insight and support to the founders as they developed their unique outreach programs. St Christopher’s Independence Inn in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was one of the first to host a Road Recovery Education Program.””We continue to support Road Recovery’s work as they work creatively to provide youth with positive alternatives to substance abuse.” – Douglas O’Dell, Assistant Executive Director St. Christopher-Ottilie Services
Freedom Institute, NY (Substance Abuse Services)
“We are extremely supportive of Road Recovery and we admire the wonderful work they are doing in the field of recovery from all addictions.” – Calixte Stamp, CASAC, HIP, Adult Counselor for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Freedom Institute
Road Recovery & MusiCares present Workshop to EAP
Road Recovery & MusiCares presented a short workshop/seminar at the Long Island Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals’ Association on Wednesday, April 10th, Entitled “Working with the Non-Traditional Client: Recovery Issues in the Music Industry”, the presentation discussed lifestyle, workplace and philosophical issues and challenges faced by the person working in the music industry who seeks recovery. The presentation was held at the Woodbury Country Club in Woodbury, Long Island. – MusiCares, News Memo