The No Repeats Project is a 501(c) (3) organization. No Repeats is a student led music mentor program for teens who are incarcerated. We recruit advanced high school musicians with a desire to share their love of music. Austin’s Violin Shop generously donates instruments for our lessons.
We envision that the musical exposure and experience will have positive effects on the teens and will help increase their self-esteem and self-confidence. We believe The No Repeats Project will help them educationally, socially, and psychologically. And by giving them the opportunity to experience the transformative power of music, we hope to minimize their chances of returning to the criminal justice system. Simultaneously, our musicians develop communication and leadership skills and gain an understanding of the lives of teens in the criminal justice system.
The No Repeats Project's mentors also love to perform for the center and arrange for the teens to attend musical events inside and outside the facility.
Due to recent changes to the Illinois Department of Correction policy that requires volunteers to be 18 years of age or older, The No Repeats Project is no longer able to provide mentoring to the facilities.
The No Repeats Project Team
An award winning cellist who's been a member of the No Repeats Project since 2018. He's passionate about music collaboration and outreach, authoring the Performance Project and directing the Hyde Park region's Back to Bach Project. William was a prizewinner of the 2022 Johansen and 2021 Klein International String Competitions.
Ainsley has been described as a dedicated musician and a responsible young adult. She is excited about No Repeats: “I’m a strong believer in music being something that can better everyone's life.”
We are looking for motivated and dedicated musicians to share music's powerful influence with others. Unfortunately, the Illinois Department of Corrections has changed the qualifications for volunteering at their facilities. Due to liability concerns, you must be 18 years or older to volunteer. If you are interested in performing at one of the youth centers, we can help arrange the visit.