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.
Professional with expertise in this field,10/14/2013
This is such a wonderful program for kids in foster care! lots of these kids do not feel they are in control of anything in their lives as well as think they have very little or no value in life. This program gives them the power to do something and do it well. Music is such a therapeutic way of getting through what these kids have gone through. I personally watched a troubled, angry teen become a confident, young woman largely because of this program. She was able to "find her voice" through KING.
Professional with expertise in this field,10/11/2013
The kids in care who I have placed in this program have thrived. Not only do they get a music teacher with this program, they get a friend and mentor that can spur a lifetime of growth and opportunity. If only there were more programs like this to go around, maybe the prospects for youth in foster care would not be so bleak. This program is truly life changing for the kids who get a chance to experience it.