As the first semester of this school year comes to a close, principals and teachers continue to focus on building hope and healing as they seek effective ways to help students overcome the academic and social emotional disruptions caused by the pandemic. This is particularly important for at-risk older youth.
Thanks to your support, high school students are doing their best to overcome very difficult circumstances by learning to play guitar, sing, and compose songs of personal meaning this school year. Their teachers in two South Los Angeles (LAUSD) continuation high schools have been actively supporting them to make music together to rebuild their classroom communities now that schools meet in person, and to renew their sense of hope and promise. This month, each student who is completing a full year of free group guitar lessons after starting with GITC last winter gets to keep their guitar! Talk about giving kids in crisis a great holiday present… Your gifts are helping us make this amazing charity possible. It means so much to our students who are coping daily with poverty, housing insecurity, homelessness, hunger, and danger. What it takes to get through a day, a month, a semester, is so much determination and grit. We are proud of each and every one.
You can continue making a difference in the lives of these students. Through your generosity, we will be able to deliver NEW guitars and a full complement of acoustic guitar accessories to a new group of students coming into classes in January, just like you helped us accomplish when the current group started.
Ms. McGee, one of the principals, expressed her gratitude to you all, today. She asked us to “thank you for providing an opportunity for our students to learn music with GITC! Our kids receive very few services, and we deeply appreciate what you are doing for them here.”
In January, we will be so excited to welcome more students at these continuation high schools as they begin to sing, play, and create music for resilience! Your end-of-year 2021 gift can inspire them to devote their efforts to growing their musical and academic abilities and accomplishments in this critical turnaround year in their lives.
Please donate today and we will put your dollars to work the first day students return to school in January, with brand new guitars and all the trimmings. Let’s help all of these deserving young adults make it to high school graduation with a song in their hearts!
Wishing you vibrant health, joy, and inspiration now and in year to come,