Mission: Kids in a New Groove (K.I.N.G.) is a 501c3 non-profit that provides private music instruction to kids in the Texas foster care system by matching them with qualified music instructors.
Results: Many people involved in our students' day to day life have seen a vast improvement in life skills once a student becomes involved with our program. School teachers, therapists, and foster parents have noticed the increase in self-esteem and confidence our students exhibit, as well as a willingness to become more readily involved in school and other healthy activities. Students also have shown an increased willingness to trust, as our teachers become a constant and steady influence in their life. We have had students transfer to as many as 4-5 schools and homes in a one-year period, and the support and encouragement from their music teacher is sometimes the only stable factor in their unpredictable circumstances. We are encouraged to see what a real difference music can make to a child who has suffered unimaginable neglect and abuse.
Target demographics: Any child that is currently in the Texas foster care system.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 30-50 students
Geographic areas served: Texas
Programs: Provides to children in the foster care system private music instruction, and offers several different types of lessons based on the child's chosen area.
This program provides more than free music lessons and instruments to children in foster care in Texas. Children are given the opportunity to not only learn an art, but confidence and self esteem. These kids begin to smile and feel good about themselves when they learn they can accomplish anything they set their mind to. The private lesson is a form of therapy for some of these children, and an opportunity to learn how to express themselves through music when words may be too difficult to find. I highly recommend this opportunity to be given to as many children as possible, but this can only occur through continued support in the community. Thank you to everyone involved to this program and the children of Texas!!