Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West and pal Rhymefest have reportedly partnered up for a new education and training program called “Got Bars” in Chicago.
According to reports, the non-profit opening of his Donda’s House organization’s “Got Bars” will help Chi-Town teens with literature and music.
The Yeezus star recently announced the opening of his non-profit organization Donda’s House, which he created in memory of his late mother Dr. Donda West. The charity is geared toward Chi-town teens with the focus of “implementing arts and literature experiences that transform youth.” “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 rapper said in a press release. (Chicago Fender)
Yeezy will heavily rely on Donda’s House co-founder Rhymefest to get the program rolling.
The non-profit’s main youth education and training program is called “Got Bars.” Donda’s House co-founder and assistant director Che Rhymefest Smith says it “will change our youth musically, get them healthy and keep them busy in a creative, peaceful environment. “I am so happy to launch “Got Bars” to honor Kanye West’s mother’s memory and to fulfill one of my Aldermanic campaign goals,” Smith said. “I know it will be an even stronger program because of our partnership with the ARK of St. Sabina.” (Chicago Defender)
The program aims for Chicago residents between the ages of 15 and 24.
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.) (PR Log)
Interested local youth can send out applications through late next week.
As outlined in the program’s goals – each student will learn life-lessons, improve their physical health and create an original written piece that will be recorded or published and performed. Young people interested in applying to the program are encouraged to visit the Donda’s House website dondashouse.com for an online application, or stop by the ARK of St. Sabina located at 7800 S. Racine Chicago, IL. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 2. (VIBE)