Status4 Inc. provides music and arts-based educational programming with a leadership and resiliency skill development focus to at-risk and under-served youth in the Elmwood/Chalmers community of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Their Be Yourself and Free Yourself program provides youth, ages 7-17, with creative opportunities to discover themselves, develop skills, and gain self-confidence so they can navigate the barriers they face with confidence, resiliency, and a positive attitude. The program combines technical skill development, reflective facilitation and various community-related performances and activities that help youth learn that they can be themselves and free themselves to live the life they choose.

Status4 was founded by Constable Kevin Gibson, a 25-year veteran of Winnipeg Police Services, in response to a gap he saw in addressing inner-city youth crime and violence. Status4 began operating in July 2011 with beginner guitar and Tae Kwon Do after-school classes. The program has since added advanced guitar, voice, song writing, and percussion to the after-school programs offered, and soon will introduce a new keyboard program. Offered as an after-school program, Status4 has a current capacity of 85 students.

$25,000 has been awarded to Status4 Inc. through the MusiCounts TD Community Music Grant. These funds will be used to increase the program’s capacity, while also helping to develop various new musical programs.

Congratulations to Status4 Inc!