Guitar provided to youth offender to support musical passion

By Karette Fussell, Supervising Casework Specialist
Ventura Youth Correctional Facility

Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) is supporting a youth’s artistic creativity through music.

Youth offender Ryan Daniels has been inspired to play his music as a creative outlet and his love of music has led him to participate in a national competition sponsored by Performance Based Standards (PbS).

PbS recently announced the PbS Kids Got Talent Virtual Talent Contest and all entries were to be submitted by the end of March.

PbS is an organization primarily concerned with comparing and improving conditions of confinement  for youthful offenders throughout the United States.

Pbs specifically focuses on state and county facilities to ensure they keep youth and staff safe, hold youth accountable and provide effective rehabilitation services to help prevent future crime.

Ryan has had no formal training in playing the guitar or singing. He is self-taught and inspired by his love of music.

The Mira Loma Treatment Team , VYCF Administrators and Education Department have supported the youth’s love of music by providing him a guitar which he keeps in his room and plays when inspired.

According to Ryan, music is a calming force which helps him cope with being incarcerated.

Ryan shares his love of music and has motivated an interest in playing music amongs his peers. Ryan said he wants to pursue a career in the field of music as a future endeavor.

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