Mission: Kids In A New Groove is a 501c3 non-profit that provides Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly, private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success. By creating a consistent and nurturing environment, we empower youth in foster care to transform their future through music mentorship.
Results: KING’s Mentoring through Music program offers stability and support to Texas youth in foster care. Music provides a therapeutic outlet, teaches persistence, and nourishes students’ self esteem. Mentoring relationships can serve as a catalyst for developmental and interpersonal processes that, in turn, help youth avoid problems and reach their full potential. Combining the benefits of a mentoring relationship with music provides KING students with a unique opportunity to overcome the negative cycle associated with youth in foster care.
KING students’ success reaches beyond the program. Since 2015, 100% of eligible KING seniors graduated high school; the national average for youth in foster care is less than 50%. Of those graduates, 95% went on to attend college, technical school, or enlist in the military.
Target demographics: Any child that is currently in the Texas foster care system, ages 5-22.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 125-150 students
Geographic areas served: Texas
Programs: Mentoring through Music - providing Texas youth in foster care with weekly music instruction and mentorship.
I am a music teacher for Kids in a New Groove, and it is one of the most unique and exceptional programs with which I have ever been involved. I see first hand the impact that music lessons can have on children in foster care or shelters, and I am constantly re-convinced of the life-changing power of music. These students work harder than most any I have had in my 10 year career of teaching music, and they are truly grateful for the time we spend with them. Not only the students themselves but the guardians of these children always have fantastic things to say about the students' progress, dedication, and hard work.