Kanye West gives back to Chicago’s youth with ‘Got Bars’ Music Program


Kanye West is continuing his mother’s legacy through the non-profit organization named after her, Donda’s House. “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,” said Kanye in an target=_blank>official statement.

Donda’s House will be launching a 10-week program composed of extensive music writing and production. The program titled “Got Bars,” will be available for at-risk youth in Chicago’s South Side this fall. Donda’s House co-founder and assistant director Che “Rhymefest” Smith will focus directly with the students on the music portion of the program while his wife and high school English teacher, Donnie Smith will work on the overall operations of the youth program.

Rhymefest shared in the statement, “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.”

Young people, ages 15-24, are encouraged to apply here. According to the statement, the program goals include a written original piece that will be recorded or published and performed and an improvement of physical health.

Act fast! Enrollment ends August 2.