A valuable after-school program, Rock to the Future, is giving children and teens in the Kensington area the skills they need to flourish musically and academically. Students from 9 to 14 years old use leased church space in Kensington for free music lessons and scholastic tutoring. After applying, the 24 students were selected based on their needs and commitment level. Children don’t need to own an instrument to participate. With a $50 deposit, they borrow an instrument to take home, and once returned, the students are reimbursed for their deposit. They can select instruments such as a keyboard, drums, guitar or bass guitar.
Monday through Friday between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., students receive one private music lesson weekly, and several workshops like music theory and study techniques for school. Jessica McKay, a Temple University graduate, started the program after winning the $15,000 Women for Social Innovation grant. Josh Craft is the assistant director and music teacher, along with Marin Elementary School teacher, Marc Neibauer. They all volunteer their time. Rock to the Future is planning a week-long summer camp. For more information, to donate money or instruments, volunteer or enroll your child or teen, please visit rocktothefuture.org.