Reckless Youth: Helping Others Through Music

  • Cristi Schlesinger sings vocals with Reckless Youth at a concert. Other members of the band behind her from left are: Kane Akar, guitar; Anthony Miller, drums; Matthew Hanzman, bass; and Luke Civantos, keyboards. The Ransom Everglades students came together to form Reckless Youth in 2012. They knew they wanted to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate kids. They came up with the idea to hold an after-school program for students at Young Men's Preparatory Academy. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Reckless Youth, from left are: Kane Akar; Matthew Hanzman; Cristi Schlesinger; Anthony Miller; and Luke Civantos. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Reckless Youth's vocalist Cristi Schlesinger, left, sings during a rehearsal before their concert at a band member's home. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sammy Gonzalesm right, instructs Kane Akar at a rehearsal. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Anthony Miller, drummer for Reckless Youth, practices at his home on Miami Beach. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sammy Gonzalez, standing, sings during his after-school guitar club, with his students, Kymani Culmer, 16, left,, and Reginald Claude, 11, during a rehearsal. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Luke Civantos, 16, right, plays the keyboard with Joshua Johnson, 11, at Young Men's Preparatory Academy . MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Reginald Claude, 11, smiles as he plays his guitar during Sammy Gonzalez's after-school guitar club at Young Men's Preparatory Academy. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Students in Sammy Gonzalez's after school guitar club, practice. They are from the left: Elijah Mason, 12, 6th grade, on drums; Reginald Claude, 11, 6th grade, on guitar; Breon Roach, 14, 9th grade, on bongos; and Sebastian Placencio, 11, 6th grade, on guitar. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Instructor Jean Espiritusanto helps Elijah Mason, a 6th grader at Young Men's Preparatory Academy, with his beat. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Roger Romero, 13, rehearses at the after-school guitar club. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sammy Gonzalez, standing, tunes Peterson Exais's guitar during a rehearsal. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Twins Donald, left, and Danilo Cisneros, 11, rehearse. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sebastian Placencio stops to look for the pick he dropped into his guitar, amusing Reginald Claude. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sammy Gonzalez sings at a rehearsal. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Reckless Youth with instructor, Sammy Gonzalez, left, listen to Harold Taranto, 12, right, play guitar. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Reckless Youth and the after-school guitar club at Young Men's Preparatory Academy. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cristi Schlesinger sings vocals with Reckless Youth at a concert. Other members of the band behind her from left are: Kane Akar, guitar; Anthony Miller, drums; Matthew Hanzman, bass; and Luke Civantos, keyboards. The Ransom Everglades students came together to form Reckless Youth in 2012. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A group of kids loving the music but covering their ears, gathered in front of the stage, at a recent Reckless Youth concert. Later in the evening an older crowd comes in. The band uses the funds raised at these concerts to support a guitar program at Young Men's Preparatory Academy. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF