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.
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!!