*Chicago native Kanye West is reaching back and doing good in his old ‘hood.
His nonprofit organization – Donda’s House – will launch an extensive music writing and production course titled ‘Got Bars‘ for at-risk youth on Chicago’s South Side this fall.
Basically it’s a 10-week program that looks to offer young adults ages 15-24, an additional non-violent outlet within their community. Donda’s House, named after West’s late mother Dr. Donda, along with the ARK of St. Sabina, will partner to present free the pilot program to participants beginning in August.
“My mom spent her life as an educator and I am happy that Donda’s House can pick up her torch and honor her life’s mission,” West said in a statement released earlier this week.
Donda’s House co-founder and Assistant Director Che “Rhymefest” Smith will assist his wife Donnie Smith in the overall operations of the program. Donnie Smith, a high school English teacher will steer the organization, while Rhymefest will work directly with students on the music aspect of the course.
“I am so happy to launch ‘Got Bars’ to honor Kanye West’s mother’s memory and to fulfill one of my Aldermanic campaign goals,” said Rhymefest. “Got Bars’ will change our youth musically, get them healthy and keep them busy in a creative, peaceful environment. I know it will be an even stronger program because of our partnership with the ARK of St. Sabina.”
Students will learn life-lessons, improve their physical health and create an original written piece that will be recorded or published and performed. To learn more and or to apply for the program, visit www.dondashouse.com for an online application or hit upthe physical address of the ARK of St. Sabina, 7800 S. Racine Chicago, IL.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 2.