It appears Kanye West hasn’t forgotten where he’s from after all.
The multi-platinum rapper’s nonprofit organization Donda’s House will launch an extensive music writing and production course titled ‘Got Bars’ for at-risk youth on Chicago’s South Side this fall. The 10-week program looks to offer kids ages 15-24, an additional non-violent outlet within their crime-laden community. Donda’s House — named after Kanye’s deceased mother Dr. Donda West — will partner with the ARK of St. Sabina to present the pilot program for free to participants beginning in August.
“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,” West said in a statement released earlier this week.
Donda’s House co-founder and Assistant Director Che “Rhymefest” Smith will assist his wife Donnie Smith in the overall operations of the program. Donnie Smith, a high school English teacher will steer the organization, while Rhymefest will work directly with students on the music aspect of the course.
“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,” said Rhymefest. “Got Bars’ will change our youth musically, get them healthy and keep them busy in a creative, peaceful environment. I know it will be an even stronger program because of our partnership with the ARK of St. Sabina.”
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.