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Donda’s House & ARK of St. Sabina Join Forces for “Got Bars” Music Writing & Fitness Program
Donda’s House, Inc. a new organization established to honor Dr. Donda West, mother of Kanye West, will partner with the ARK of St. Sabina for a pilot youth education and training program called “Got Bars" said co-founder Che Rhymefest Smith.
Kanye West said, "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."
The “Got Bars” program invites 15 – 24 year olds to apply for participation. The Program Goals include:
1. Each participant will create an original written piece that will be recorded or published and performed.
2. Each participant will improve his/her physical health through exercise and nutrition.
3. Each participant will learn life-skills (e.g. etiquette training, goal –setting, media-literacy, etc.)
Young people interested in applying for the program can visit the Donda’
Applications will be accepted Tuesday, July 16 through Friday, August 2, 2013. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 - 24 and can apply at St. Sabina or online at dondashouse.com. All applicants will be notified on Monday, August 5, 2013. The pilot program will run from August - October of this year.
About the ARK of St. Sabina
The ARK is a community youth center located on the St. Sabina campus. It was created to nurture and develop the gifts, skills, and spirit of community youth by providing a safe supportive environment in which youth can prosper and excel. The center was named 'The ARK" to symbolize Rev. Michael L. Pfleger's intent for it to be a safe haven for youth to escape from the storms of the world and prepare for a better life.
The ARK staff employs a multifaceted approach to impact primarily individual youth and expansively their families as well. From education to employment the ARK offers a vast array of opportunities and programs for youth ages 6 - 18. The comprehensive holistic philosophy is designed to inspire self esteem, resourcefulness, vision, morality, and concern for others-life skills that enable youth to grow and prosper in life and become productive members of society. The ARK services between 70 - 120 youth on a daily basis Monday - Friday.