Sing for Hope’s HandaHarmony Global Youth initiative leverages the power of youth creativity and the arts as drivers of the Sustainable Development Goals. For the third consecutive year, in partnership with UNICEF and the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, HandaHarmony students shared performance and conversation with world leaders at the United Nations HighLevel Political Forum, demonstrating the key role of global youth in the UN Decade of Action. This year’s High-Level Political Forum was held virtually, with an expected return to in-person convening in 2022.
Launched in response to the needs of high school students sheltering-at-home, Sing for Hope’s Careers in the Arts series is an online resource that brings students directly into conversation with arts leaders via Zoom. Focusing on a variety of career paths as well as the many ways in which the arts transform lives, Careers in the Arts guests have included Hadestown star Kimberly Marable, mezzo-soprano/producer/writer/composer Alicia Hall Moran, Broadway stage manager Glynn David Turner, and SFH Co-Founders Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora, among others. In FY21, the program served an estimated 500 students from school districts including the NYC Department of Education, Peekskill City School District, Mount Vernon City School District, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District, home base of the program’s sponsor, The Beatrice and Reymont Paul Foundation.
Sing for Hope Young at Arts Lab serves middle and high school students in The Bronx and Southern Westchester County in a neighborhood that was among the hardest hit in the U.S. by COVID-19. In partnership with Amani Public Charter School, SFH’s daily in-school and after-school classes for middle and high school students include African drumming, musical theater, music production, jazz band, Afro-pop band, voice, acting, and dance modules, all within a framework of rigorous health and safety measures. Under rigorous COVID-19 precaution protocols in Winter/Spring 2021, SFH YAA Lab served a total of 70 youth with in-person daily classes. That has grown to a current number of 400 youth participating daily.
Each year, through a special partnership with the NYC Department of Education, we select 50 public schools each year through a competitive RFP process to become Sing for Hope Citizen Artist Schools. Each school receives a Sing for Hope Piano and our Citizen Artist Curriculum, a program that helps teachers empower students to use creativity and the arts to enact positive social change. The curriculum includes a specially-curated Citizen Artist Opening Assembly featuring our roster of world-class Artist Partners; a monthly online teacher resource guide including articles, lesson plans, and student contests; and the opportunity to host additional workshops led by Sing for Hope Artist Partners on a variety of art forms throughout the year.