For 25 years, Rosie’s House in Phoenix has constructed a group round creating alternatives for youth via music education.
Students ages 5-18 study respect, self-discipline, teamwork and inclusiveness whereas receiving music classes, mentorship, assist with college preparation expertise, meals and even loaned devices.
There are lessons on piano, guitar, brass and woodwind devices. Vocal classes and alternatives to carry out are offered via the Core Choir and Mariachi Floreciente packages.
We spoke to Chief Executive Officer Becky Bell-Ballard, who stated lots of the college students think about Rosie’s House a second house.
Many are first-generation college college students who take part in Rosie’s House College Path program. Assistance with college functions, monetary support and scholarships are offered.
“As students become confident, competent and are able to discern their passions and goals in life, they are more willing and eager to become part of the greater community,” Ballard stated.
In 2020, Rosie’s House, A Music Academy for Children, acquired a $21,700 A Community Thrives grant from the Gannett Foundation. Gannett Co., Inc., owns The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. Statewide, 15 nonprofits shared greater than $203,000 of Community Thrives grants final 12 months.
What is your mission? Eliminate obstacles to high-quality music education. Through music, we assist youth as they develop their full inventive and private potential.
When was your group based? In 1996 by Rosebell and Woody Schurz.
How many people do you assist annually? Free music classes are given to 500 college students. In all, Rosie’s House teaches 21,000 music classes, supplies 300 devices and presents 60 live shows to 12,000 viewers members yearly.
How did you spend your Community Thrives grant? To adapt our programming to serve the wants of our college students through the pandemic. We taught over 95 hours of on-line music lessons each week via digital lecture rooms. Our instructors transitioned their curriculum to be partaking, related and acceptable for on-line studying. Support was given to households to bridge the hole brought on by lack of entry to know-how and web.
How do you gauge your success? Our program fills a big void in afterschool packages for underserved youth. Our purpose is to assist bridge the education hole for youth from low-income households and develop the subsequent technology of educated artists and productive adults.
- While 53% of Arizona’s highschool college students search postsecondary education, 97% of Rosie’s House senior college students enroll instantly following commencement.
- Parents and college students who’re surveyed see an enchancment in these key areas: lecturers, social and management expertise.
What are your best wants? Funding that may assist us develop and broaden our program. Arts education packages have been missing previous to the pandemic. We have witnessed the demand and want for these packages. We hosted a brand new pupil enrollment occasion and welcomed over 400 people in search of inexpensive music education and youth growth alternatives for his or her kids.
Can you share a private story that represents and aligns with your group’s mission? Former pupil Karen was a shy, timid, 6-year-old when she started our program. She discovered a number of devices, carried out with the mariachi ensemble and choir, and had highly effective alternatives that supported her growth.
In addition to music coaching, Karen additionally participated within the Rosie’s House College Path program, which resulted in her being accepted to Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. She is a New American University Scholar and President Barack Obama Scholar, incomes a full-ride scholarship to attend ASU.
Karen displays on her time at Rosie’s House: “I had always had great aspirations to make a difference in the world and had the goal to be a family physician since I was very young. But I was not sure if I had the confidence and even the discipline to achieve this goal. Through music, I found a way to face my fears.
“I remember during my first concerts my knees would tremble. I never thought I would be confident enough to get up on stage. But through my lessons at Rosie’s House I had developed tenacity and confidence.”
“Rosie’s House has been a big part of making me who I am today and helped me learn the important skills that are helping me achieve my long-term goals.”
Find extra details about Rosie’s House, A Music Academy for Children, on-line at rosieshouse.org and fb.com/rosieshouse; Instagram @rosieshousemusic; Twitter @RosiesHouse. Phone: (602) 252-8475.
Reporter Roxanne De La Rosa covers Arizona’s nonprofit group. Reach her at email@example.com.