Who we are

 

Meet the Founder
Cylena Powell
BSc MSc MAC

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Cylena Powell is the Founder and Executive Director of Musement – Sing Your Story. A muse to many, she is shifting the state of social and emotional well-being, arousing self awareness and social consciousness in today’s young people, empowering them through mentorship, self–expression and performing arts (particularly singing).

Referred to as a ‘musical life coach’ or ‘youth development strategist’, Cylena devises creative ways to facilitate excellence in young people and is the is the ‘go to’ for personal and musical development and behaviour change. She is the Founder and Creative Director of the Musement Vocal Academy – a Croydon based ‘vibe filled’ weekly singing class and the creator of Musement Elite – a meticulously selected group of teenage MUSE–ical masters who perform across the UK, showcasing their vocal greatness and inspiring awareness within communities. As a qualified Arts Award Practitioner, she delivers the nationally recognised Arts Award qualification at GCSE and A–level standard.

Cylena is a Member of the Association for Coaching (AC) – the leading professional body for coaches and organisations, ensuring professional code of Ethics and Good Practice and is part of the International Association of NLP& Coaching (IANLPC) and International Alliance of Holistic Therapists (IAHT).

With a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology, a degree in Psychology, an accredited Diploma in life coaching and qualifications in Performing Arts, Sociology and Biology, she has an appreciable insight into human behaviour, yet it is her life experiences and natural relatability that form invaluable connections with young people.

Cylena has over 15 years experience in Children’s Services, predominantly at senior level, working with children and young people with extreme emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties, in practical, advisory and educational roles, including LAC’s residential homes, schools and managing teenage mother and baby units.

In relation to musical accomplishments, Cylena has performed on prime time TV shows on BBC1, ITV, ITV2, MTV etc including singing backing vocals on The Voice and X Factor and has sang with number one selling artists and international stars. Cylena has written and featured on songs viewed by millions of people on the internet across the world and featured on music sold in national music stores.

With her vast experience in education and entertainment, Cylena uses her knowledge to coach young people to success, changing their quality of life, tune by tune.

What They Say

‘Cylena is by far the best person to direct this positive youth movement. Her ability to strive continuously for greatness using her personal experiences as a driving force and a light for others is breath–taking. She has the vocal and academic ability as well as business experience to see this project thrive.’

Dr Tilean
Chartered Psychologist and Behaviour Change Expert

‘Cylena is by far the best person to direct this positive youth movement. Her ability to strive continuously for greatness using her personal experiences as a driving force and a light for others is breath–taking. She has the vocal and academic ability as well as business experience to see this project thrive.’

Dr Tilean
Chartered Psychologist and Behaviour Change Expert

‘Cylena is by far the best person to direct this positive youth movement. Her ability to strive continuously for greatness using her personal experiences as a driving force and a light for others is breath–taking. She has the vocal and academic ability as well as business experience to see this project thrive.’

Dr Tilean
Chartered Psychologist and Behaviour Change Expert

‘Miss Powell… She’s not like any other teacher, she gets through to me like she’s a preacher.’

Musical quote from year 8 pupil

Her Story

Raised in South London by her aunt and uncle, Cylena was immersed into the Jamaican culture at an early age, following the death of her father and a subsequent family break down. Despite having odds stacked against her throughout childhood, she had a good upbringing thanks to her extended family. However, Cylena was always aware that she was ‘different’.

She wasn’t part of a ‘typical nuclear family’ and was ‘mixed race’, living with ‘the black side of her family’, with a different surname and a distinctly different appearance. Constantly asked by her peers if she was ‘more black or more white’ and lightheartedly referred to as ‘yellow’ by her friends, then addressed as ‘red skin’, ‘brownin’ or ‘white’ amongst the Jamaican community, ignited her interest in identity as she began to experience societal pressures, building resilience along the way, supported by her aunt, who advocated for self acceptance and her big sister, who was just like her, only greater.

Throughout school, she was a popular ‘pretty light skin girl’, effortlessly getting top grades in all classes and excelling in sports. She was a talented dancer, known for dancing in a popular dance group, competing in dance competitions and performing in front of masses. She could sing, although not many people knew it and she had that ‘nice mix race hair’ (that she rarely combed, but slicked the top layer with a slick brush), gelled her baby hairs and had a few curls at the front (you get the idea). As a mixed race teenager, she was aware of the perceptions of others and the need to avoid being ‘that girl that thinks she’s too nice’, merely based on racial stereotypes.

Interestingly, what nobody knew, was that behind that persona, although genuinely confident in some aspects, lied a self doubting teenager who was afraid to showcase her singing ability and would refuse to read aloud every time she was asked to do so by a teacher, someone who refused to stand up and talk in class, someone who clearly was not confident enough to fully engage in her lessons and life due to the self-limiting fear that making a mistake would be the ‘worst thing in the world’ and that she may not be good enough – F.E.A.R - False Evidence Appearing Real. Her need for support was overlooked as she wrote and articulated herself so competently as a ‘high ability disadvantaged young person’ and her musical talent went unnoticed as her heart felt passion that lit her up inside was suppressed-silent to the world.

Cylena left home at just 16 and faced many challenges, yet she continued to focus on her education and strive for better, inspired by her big sister. She was always made to believe that 100% attendance was the only option unless she could prove that she was significantly unfit to attend. Because of her instilled attitude towards education, she achieved vast amounts of qualifications and secured various job roles (including music related roles), despite being ‘at risk’ of poor outcomes, defying the stereotypical expectations of a ‘disadvantaged’ young London creative.

Days after being accepted for her Master’s degree, her world was shaken like never before. Devastatingly and unexpectedly, her big sister passed away – the person that knew her better than she knew herself, the one that truly understood her pain and life experiences, her main source of support and inspiration. Cylena was left to manage her own life choices, struggling to maintain positive well being and clarity of thought. She was lost and this was make or break.

It was at this point when Cylena realised that she could either be consumed by all the painful, unfortunate experiences of her life, or she could ‘save herself’ and create a positive life of fulfilled potential.

She opted for the latter and here she is today, living in her purpose as the Founder and Executive Director of her own heart felt business, true to her truth as she ‘sings her story’ to inspire others, with the words from her sister still clear in her mind 'you will make it in Music, trust me’.

Musement Mentors are

Fun, ‘Real’ and Relatable

We are knowledgeable and empathic of today’s inner city youth culture. Many of us are from disadvantaged backgrounds and despite the odds against us, have achieved positive educational and life outcomes as successful, healthy, empowered adults. Because of our natural relatabilty, we form vital connections with young people, who love to work with us.

Professional

Musement Mentors are accomplished, experienced ‘staff’ (‘staff’ sounds so formal, so ‘us and them’ and as you will get to know, we believe that professional doesn’t always mean formal). As quality mentors and/or accredited life coaches, we are in good stead to meet the emotional needs of young people during our music based mentoring sessions, working in line with ethics, policies and procedures within children’s services and in accordance with the Every Child Matters agenda.

Of Exceptional Musical Competence

Generally, Musement Mentors are current or former music industry professionals, experienced in performing on prime time TV shows (such as backing vocals on ‘The Voice’, ‘X Factor’, etc …), with international superstars, number one selling artists and so on (or strongly affiliated with the entertainment industry). We know what it takes to perform to millions of people in a professional environment and share our knowledge to maximise performance proficiency of young people, providing a superior service to other music related services.

Academically Competent

Due to the nature of the ’sing your story programme’ and the emphasis on literacy development, we ensure our mentors are academically proficient.

Holistic In Approach

As carefully selected, multi–functional individuals, Musement Mentors are concerned with developing young people as a whole. We are more than mentors and more than musicians and understand the physical, mental, social and emotional needs of young people.

Non–judgemental, Understanding, Patient and Resilient

We strongly believe in our core values, doing things ‘The Musement Way’.

Musement - Sing Your Story is a music based youth empowerment organisation that empowers young people to succeed on stage, in education and in l

Arts Award Advisor training

Literacy across the Curriculum

Literacy at KS3

Health and Safety

Child Protection

Conflict Management

Conflict Resolution

Control and Restraint

Diversity In Childcare

First Aid

Safeguarding Young Runaways