Kids in a New Groove's (KING) mission is to provide Central Texas children living in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through private music instruction. Since 2009, KING has empowered over 500 youth with music. We provide youth in foster care with consistent mentorship through the delivery of free, in-home music lessons. Children in foster care are a highly vulnerable and underserved population. Having undergone emotional, sexual, or physical abuse, the children’s lives are traumatic before they even enter foster care. Our music mentors and their students build a lasting relationship of support which helps our students succeed academically, emotionally and socially. KING equips youth in care with concrete tools to show the world and, more importantly, youth themselves what they can accomplish with passion and dedication.
High School Graduation rate
All eligible High School seniors in 2015 & 2016 successfully graduated. This is an amazing accomplishment especially when compared to the National Average for youth in care of 47% High School Graduation Rate.
Mentorship Hours per student
Our students receive an average of 25 hours of free, private music lessons and Mentorship per year in the instrument of their choosing.
13-17 years old
43% of our students are between the ages of 13 to 17, with the next highest population being 9-12 at 28%, 5-8 with 19% and 18+ with 10%.
Percentage of Volunteer Mentors
82% of our Mentors are Volunteer Music Mentors who commit to a minimum of year's worth of weekly, half- hour, music lessons.
Please consider giving to Kids in a New Groove! Donating via IATS is safe and secure, guaranteeing that KING can continue to change the lives of Texas youth in foster care through private music lessons and mentorship. Kids in a New Groove is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means that all donations are tax deductible.
Kids In a New Groove would love to take this time to thank these exceptional High School Students who went above and beyond to help youth in foster care: Kathryn, inspired by an AP Human Geography class assignment and our mission, reached out to us earlier this year about volunteer opportunities. Upon hearing about the[…]
Keye’s “We are Austin” invited our Program Manager Laura Wood to speak about our program and our Music Matters Luncheon which took place on Nov. 17th, 2015. Our luncheon which Taylor Ellison (from We Are Austin) attended and participated in featured Guest Speaker Kathy Valentine, and a Student Performance from one of the students in[…]
By Robin Sikes I started volunteering with Kids in a New Groove nine months ago and immediately felt a part of something significant, so when I was offered a Program Intern position for the summer, it was a no brainer. As an intern, I have been given the chance to contribute to the program[…]
Thank you to Austin.com for highlighting our work inspiring youth in foster care through music and mentorship! “Austin has many wonderful organizations dedicated to its music scene, including one that caters to its youngest musicians. Founded in 2009 by Karyn Scott, Kids In A New Groove, or KING, strives to provide children in the Texas foster[…]
This past week, Kids in a New Grooved held a Child Trauma training which was taught Program Coordinator Laura Wood. Laura has over five years of experience teaching trauma-informed classes to foster parents and caseworkers to help give them a better understanding of children in foster care. The goal of the training was for mentors[…]
The Celebrity Softball Jam combines nine innings of fun-filled, athleticism-optional softball with a talent-packed postgame concert on two stages in centerfield. Bring your new or gently used musical instruments out to the Jam to help out Kids In A New Groove and receive a voucher for FREE Round Rock Express tickets! Learn more: http://rkcsj.org/
KING Needs Electronic Keyboards! We have multiple students needing new or gently used electronic keyboards to begin lessons. If you have a keyboard or know someone who would be willing to donate one, please email Laura Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting music for youth in foster care!
Kids in a New Groove is thrilled to announce that KING students will be performing at ESPN’s X Games in Austin over the weekend of June 4-7. KING students will showcase their talent along with event headliners Metallica and Nicki Minaj. Learn more about the X Games here!