Through his nonprofit organization Donda’s House, Kanye West will launch a music, writing and production course titled “Got Bars” for at-risk youth in Chicago’s south side.
VIBE reports that the 10-week program, which starts this Fall, will offer children ages 15-24, an opportunity to seek a constructive outlet.
“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 statement. Donda’s House is named after Dona West, Kanye’s late mother.
Donda’s House co-founder and Assistant Director Che Smith, also known as Rhymefest, will assist his wife Donnie Smith in running the program. Donnie Smith, a high school English Teacher, will reportedly “steer the organization,” while Rhymefest will work with students on the musical 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.”
The program will focus on teaching life lessons, improving physical health, and developing an original written piece that will be recorded or published and performed.
Young people interested in applyin to the program can 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.
Rhymefest is a longtime collaborator of Kanye West’s, notably known for winning a Grammy for co-writing West’s “Jesus Walks.” His 2006 debut Blue Collar featured production and rhymes from West.