In his introduction at this year’s BET Honors, Dame Dash took time out to acknowledge Kanye’s mother for Kanye’s success, including his courage to stay true to who he is in a time where society depends on us to stay within the status quo. Dr. Donda West will be remembered as the mother of Kanye Omari West, but she also stands on her own as a scholar, professor, curriculum designer, entertainment manager, and world traveler who inspired her students to fulfill their potential. That legacy is carried throughout Chicago and beyond through the work of Donda’s House.
Every young person deserves access to arts and a safe space which is what the staff provides at Donda’s House. Donda’s House, Inc. launched in 2013, provides the youth with access to high quality arts instruction and life changing education. After the program, those who have dropped out are ready to re-enroll in school, they have a blueprint for their personal and professional future and they belong to a community of peers and mentors who make themselves available to be there during their challenges and to celebrate their successes. To date the organization has served 120 artists between the ages of 14 – 24 years old in Chicago.
Now, Donda’s House needs our help.
On Thursday, January 28th, the State of Illinois sent an e-mail to over 18 agencies stating that “effective immediately”, funding for Spring Out of School (OST) Funding & Youth Employment Programs had been cut. Our contribution will send a resounding signal to our State Capital, and to the 60 youth they are enrolling in their Spring Program that art matters and it is the pulse of any healthy community.
Let’s support our youth and the programs that help our youth BEFORE they become another name on a police report or a #BlackLivesMatter sign. If we want our movements to last, we must build up solutions in our communities instead of focusing on the problems.
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