Grammy-nominated producer, composer and world-renowned guitarist Jon Butcher visited the MGH Revere Youth Zone Dec. 5, 2017 as part of the Career Spotlight series. Butcher – widely considered one of Boston’s rock royalty – inspired the students with his amazing talent.

“Jon shared how in his youth he developed a love of music and the guitar in particular,” said Leslie Heffron, RN, manager of Youth Services at the MGH Revere Health Care Center. “He talked about his career trajectory and encouraged students to find their passion and stay committed to following their dreams. It was a very special day for our Youth Zone members.”

Heffron said after his visit to the group, Butcher was so impressed with the kids’ enthusiasm, intellect and boundless energy that he put together a photomontage tribute of his visit with them, set to his soulful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” 

“I think it captures the hopefulness and positive spirit of these kids and organization – and my experience there – perfectly, through the lyrics of the song,” said Butcher.

The Youth Zone – run through the MGH Revere Health Care Center – is a free afterschool program for Revere youth ages 9-17. The program aims to engage students in numerous safe activities, clubs and community service initiatives and provide a supportive out-of-school environment.

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