Kids In A New Groove provides Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success.
By creating a consistent and nurturing environment, we empower youth in foster care to transform their future through music mentorship.
Karyn Scott founded Kids In New Digs in 2004, a nonprofit that intended to provide donated clothing to kids in the foster care system – having worked as a federal prosecutor in Travis County, she was familiar with the youth in foster care. After realizing that donated clothing would not make a lasting difference in each child's life, the organization changed its name and mission in 2009 to reflect its ambitions: to enrich and enhance the lives of foster kids and to help them "age out" of the program with at least one solid adult relationship, a set of learned skills, and a sense of self-worth. The mission of the organization is to provide youth in foster care in Central Texas with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success.
Why Our Program Works
Kids In A New Groove’s “Mentoring through Music” program is not only qualified to address this need, but is the only organization in Texas that addresses this need specifically and exclusively for the population of youth in foster care. Though there are several programs aimed at reaching disadvantaged youth with music instruction, but they do not reach most youth in foster care as they are largely limited to school band or orchestra programs, or after-school programs. Because youth in foster care are frequently moved between homes and placements, they can’t participate in programs that require continuity that they don’t have access to. Having taken into account the frequency at which these children are moved from home to home, lack of reliable transportation and the overwhelmingly positive impact of mentorship and artistic opportunities, our music mentors travel to the students’ homes and continue to teach them through their various placements. This flexibility and accessibility allows for these children to have a consistent positive relationship, one of the few they are able to cultivate. This mentorship relationship gives the support and accountability that allows for our students to not only affect positive changes in their life in terms of music but also learn that they can break out of the pattern that follows youth in foster care.