When you donate $50 to Little Kids Rock, you your gift puts a brand new guitar into a child’s hands, but did you know that your donation also helps children find their voices… literally?
Nancy Robles grew up in Dallas, TX with a severe speech impediment that causes her to stutter in between words. Her disability proved to be a major hurdle to her social and intellectual development, since communicating was difficult and embarrassing for her.
When her 7th grade Little Kids Rock teacher offered her a chance to learn to play guitar and to write songs, she embarked on a journey that has changed her life. "When I was first in school, I was very shy,” she said. “When I started with my songwriting, it really helped me."
Two years ago, Nancy broke free from her insecurities and sang publicly for the first time when she submitted an original composition to the annual Little Kids Rock songwriting exhibition. Her teacher noticed something that amazed him and Nancy – her speech impediment completely went away when she sang!
Writing and performing her own music has given Nancy a creative outlet to express her feelings in a way that is comfortable to her and allows her to communicate confidently. She has written more than 100 songs during her four years in a Little Kids Rock program, including one about losing her father six years ago. "I used to deal with my problems in a bad way,” Nancy said. “When I found music, it really helped me a lot."
She has performed her music for crowds of more than 500 people – a feat nobody would have expected to be possible just two short years ago.
Your support of Little Kids Rock has empowered Nancy to toss the limitations of her speech impediment aside and sing loudly and proudly. She still battles her speech disorder daily, but now does not let it hinder her growth as a musician, a student, or a young adult.
Music has the power to inspire creativity and self-assurance in children and Little Kids Rock strives to make a lasting, positive impact on kids’ lives by providing them with the tools and support they need to become music-makers and confident people.
Every day, Little Kids Rock learns about a new child whose life has been changed by music. Your support makes it possible to make these positive transformations possible for schoolchildren across the country!
"Music class is a place where you can try to be yourself," Nancy says. "And it is important because music can save lives."
Please consider to transform a child's life by making a gift this March in honor of "National Music In Our Schools" month. You may just help a child find their voice.
P.S. We at Little Kids Rock HQ were so impressed by Nancy that we covered her song! Check out the video below.
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