Every year, Gateway's Junior Board sponsors a therapeutic drum clinic for the youth in our programs at our Airport Highway location. This year, Gateway staff, Junior Board and Board members were invited to a recital to see the amazing progress of the children they serve! We sincerely wish that we could provide you with pictures or video of the recital, but due to privacy regulations we are not allowed to take or show pictures or video of our campus youth. All we can do, however, is provide you with a brief description of that recital. (Pictured to the far left is Walker Wright along with our Junior Board and Board members who attended the recital).
Walker Wright of Rejoicing Rhythms comes to our campus every year with many drums in all different sizes, shapes and colors to help our youth find and develop confidence and joy through creative self-expression, and this year was no different. As the room filled with Board and Junior Board members and Gateway staff that had come to see the recital, we could see that many of the teens were nervous and unsure of themselves. However, with the guidance of Mr. Wright and through the rhythms of the drums and the music, we saw each and every one of those teens smile and joyfully and confidently perform for their eager audience. One young lady got up and started doing a wonderful expressive dance routine. She was soon joined by one of the young men and they had a "dance-off" to go along with the drum music. As the recital was drawing to a close, some of the staff that works directly with these children came up and played the drums along with the children. By the end, the room was full of smiles, both those of the participants and those of us in the audience, as we sang along with the children to Bob Marley's, “Don’t worry about a thing/‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright…”
As many of you may already know, the youth we serve on campus at Gateway come to us from environments of severe abuse and neglect. Restoring these youth emotionally, mentally, physically, psychologically, and academically and preparing them for the future is a time-consuming and costly endeavor. With the help of our donors and Board and Junior Board, we are able to provide activities like this drum clinic to help create a caring environment in which these teens can both recover from their past and embark on a path to a productive future. Thank you so much for supporting Gateway's mission of hope!
Posted on Wed, August 28, 2013
by Karin Park