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Kanye West Launches “Got Bars?” Music Program For Chicago’s At-Risk Youth

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Kanye West is about to give back to the youth of his hometown; Chicago.

His Donda’s House nonprofit organization is partnering with with the ARK of St. Sabina community center next month to have a 10-week music program for at-risk teens and young adults ages 15-24, focusing on writing and production.

Rhymefest, another local rapper, has been named as the program’s director, and will teach the courses along with his wife Donnie Smith in the role of executive director. Kanye recently said, “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.”

Rhymefest shared, “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. ‘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.”

Applications are being received through Friday, August 2, 2013 at

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