According to Dallas Chamber Symphony volunteer Barbara Vance,
The Dallas Chamber Symphony requests support to continue its Twist-on-Risk educational programs for Dallas homeless and at-risk students, including those enrolled/incarcerated at the Dallas County Juvenile Department (DCJD).
Through “Twist on Risk: Maturing Through Music,” ensembles of 3-8 DCS musicians visit DCJD campuses where they engage at-risk youth struggling with delinquency, recidivism, neglect, or lack of opportunity, through scripted performances of classical, world and jazz music. Concerts give youth ages 10-17 and their adult mentors/caregivers chances to discover and enjoy live music through interactive shows that explore concepts key to becoming resilient, productive community members, including emotions and self-expression, impulse control/personal management, collaboration/conflict resolution, and stress management/psychological toughness.
These fun, supportive and educational concerts provide opportunities for participants to delve into conversations about family, feelings, social well-being, and career aspirations. Students are welcomed to join the music making, where they can improvise on drums or rap along with the ensemble in frequent “jam sessions”.
As many as 6,643 youth enter the DCJD system annually, of which approximately 1,500 are eligible to participate in Twist programs. When fully funded, the DCS can reach all 1,500 through 22, 45-minute onsite concerts, each with an average audience size of 70 students. 75% of Twist-on-Risk kids are African American and 25% are Hispanic.
For more information, please visit Twist-on-Risk. To make an online donation, click here. Checks made payable to The Dallas Chamber Symphony should be sent to The Dallas Chamber Symphony, re: Twist on Risk, P.O. Box 795548, Dallas, TX 75379. Please help these amazing young people make manageable, but significant positive changes in thinking and behavior by using music to deter them from homelessness, school expulsion, drug/alcohol abuse or criminal behavior. Thank you!
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