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DHS News August 2011  

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Foster youth help raise funds for ACMFF by performing at three DHS events

Students from the We Rock Workshop have shared their talents at a variety of events throughout the summer, with the final event to be this year’s Allegheny County Music Festival on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Hartwood Acres Park.

DHS contracted with Creative.Life.Support, the non-profit arm of Mr. Smalls Funhouse, to create the We Rock Workshop, a residency program led by Liz Berlin of Pittsburgh-based band Rusted Root that teaches foster youth to open up creatively through music. In the workshop, youth participants explore the creation of music and look for meaningful ways to incorporate music into their lives.

We Rock Workshop concert
An intensive 10-week program culminated with the recording of original songs created by the workshop participants and a final showcase of their talents at the “We Rock Workshop” fundraiser concert at Mr. Smalls Theatre in June.

Candidates’ Comedy Night opening act
The concert made such an impression on attendees and organizers that a youth from the workshop – Aaliyah – was asked to perform the classic hit “At Last” as the opening act for Candidates’ Comedy Night 2011, an event organized by DHS Office of Community Relations (OCR).

Allegheny County Music Festival performance
To close out the summer, a group of We Rock Workshop graduates will also be performing as an opening act for Rusted Root at the annual Allegheny County Music Festival on September 4.

Funds for all three events benefit the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. This fund has provided children and youth receiving services through DHS and the Juvenile Probation with life-enriching items, services and opportunities otherwise unavailable through traditional government funding.

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