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Alabama Blues Project
February 7, 2010

As adoptive parents of a child with special needs and other issues we were always looking for something to provide positive feedback and encouragement for our pre-teen son. Through an article in our local newspaper, The Alabama Blues Project sounded like an answer to prayer. In the summer of 2006 Jonathan attended his first "Blues Camp", a week of music instruction, blues history and art all rolled into one. He was hooked!! With the excellent leadership, instructors, and loving volunteers associated with The Alabama Blues Project, we have watched him grow into a member of the Advanced Band performing on a regular basis at local events. He now sings, as well as plays harmonica, and the band just recently got a chance to perform at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The Alabama Blues Project has definitely been what this young man needed and continues to provide support and encouragement to him. We also are raising our grandson who has behavior issues and he is a two year member of the "Blues Camp" program. Joshua's musical talent is yet to be discovered but it is a great learning experience for him. To be a part of a musical group who won't grade you on talent just enthusiasm has been a plus for him. The added bonus is participating in weekly life skills discussions and working on making good choices in every day situations. If I could make any changes it would probably involve the changing instructors. I realize it must be very difficult to bring in the quality of instructors that they continue to have on a regular basis but with my two sons, losing a favorite instructor can sometimes be very traumatic. We've never been disappointed with the quality of instruction but explaining the reasons why instructors come and go could perhaps be a part of life skills. As in all organizations sometimes communication can be a problem. The Alabama Blues Project staff has been working really hard to improve in this area by adding volunteers and staff to assist in getting information out to the parents. With the economic situation during the past year or so they have really been doing an almost impossible job. The needs are great with a program of this type though. We see the opportunities provided to young people from disadvantaged areas and with issues such as our two boys through The Alabama Blues Project. It would be a wonderful blessing to see their program highlighted so many others can know about the great work they do for the children and young people all over the West Central Alabama area.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the positive benefits to not only my two children but so many other young people. Also I've truly enjoyed being involved with the young people and watching them grow in ability and maturity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

impact so many more needy kids!! Plus we could have a permanent home for the Blues Camps, all the musical instruments and equipment for every child's needs, and an actual Alabama Blues History Museum!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & two children enrolled in music camp.