Passing It On
In conjunction with our focus on foster care, the Foundation conducted “Songwriter Experience” workshops this summer for student residents at The Settlement Home in Austin, and students adopted or fostered thru DePelchin Childrens Center in Houston. During these amazing week long day camps students were able to write, record, rehearse, and perform their own original composition with published songwriting mentors.
“The songwriter camp was a powerfully healing experience for our kids. We serve adolescent girls who have experienced severe emotional trauma, abuse and neglect. The songwriting experience allowed each girl to tell her story in her own unique way, which was empowering and cathartic. On performance day, we were beyond impressed by the quality and authenticity of each song. The girls were courageous and proud of their work. The audience was blown away and there were not many dry eyes in the room! Kyle and the mentors were awesome with our kids and held a nice balance of playfulness and structure with them, which created emotional safety for this intense experience. I cannot say enough great things about the songwriter camp and I’m very hopeful we get to do it again next summer! This experience is one our girls will forever cherish.”
– Darcie DeShazo, Executive Director – The Settlement Home for Children