Music can change the world because it can change people. – Bono
What’s truly important to us as an organization is making a difference in people’s lives. We’ve found an incredible way to give back to our community through Kids In a New Groove, an organization empowering children in the foster care system through music. This past year the McMinn team increased support for KING and became a 2015 Concert Club Sponsor to support the mission of KING. We are thrilled to fuel a spark in the lives of hundreds of children through the timeless art of music.
Giving our Perks Back to the Community
When the McMinn team attended the Kids in a New Groove inaugural Music Matters Luncheon in 2013, we were inspired by the organization’s mission to make a change in the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable children. The team has continued to support KING and their mission since then. This year the team increased support, and became a 2015 Concert Club member.
The concert series has already featured local talent such as Ruby Jane, Max Frost, and Shakey Graves in 2015. On October 28, KING will present a private showcase with Saints of Valory, another Austin based band. The concert series thanks donors for their contributions, and helps inspire students. We are excited to share the experience with more of Austin.
Community Funding is Instrumental to KING’s Success
Financial support helps KING provide instruments for students, who have demonstrated a commitment to learning a new skill. In September, an Indiegogo campaign raised funds for students who have demonstrated their commitment to learning a new instrument!
In the foster care system, students move an average of 9 times. Most often, their belongings do not follow, leaving a sense of little self worth and lack of ownership of any skill or belongings. Earning an instrument can help empower this youth by providing them with a skill and instrument that will follow them to their next home.
Mentorship Provides Stability for Students
One of KING’s core missions is to help children in the foster care system “age out” of the program with at least one solid adult relationship. Children in foster care are a highly vulnerable and underserved population – adult mentors may be difficult for children to find, as foster kids are often passed from home to home throughout adolescence. Many have undergone traumatic physical, emotional, or sexual abuse before entering an unstable life in foster care. Music mentors help their students build a lasting relationship of support which helps students achieve academic, social, and emotional success.
Providing Foster Children a Path to Success Through Music
Learning a new skill helps children in foster care realize their potential, increase confidence, and show what hard work and dedication can accomplish. Studies demonstrate that children who learn to play an instrument perform better academically than their peers. Music acts as a key confidence builder for the organization’s students.
How cool would it be to share an artist bill with Metallica or Nicki Minaj? Select KING students had the opportunity to showcase their talent at the X Games 2015 during the weekend of June 4th-7th. Students in the program have many opportunities to exercise their new set of skills, by building confidence on stage.
How You Can Help!
Do you have an old instrument you no longer play? Or an extra music stand? Resources like these can help make a difference and allow KING to reach more students. If you don’t, you can still make a monetary donation to the organization. In addition to financial support, volunteers provide the support and musical expertise.
Volunteers teach lessons and provide a critical relationship for the student that won’t fall away when the child moves. If you or someone you know would like to make the difference in the life of a foster kid, start by sharing a bit about yourself with the KING team. Dedicated mentors are critical to the success of students’ progress and the mission of the organization.
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