We’re delighted to share this update from Rex grantee Jail Guitar Doors in Los Angeles, showing how Rex’s grant helped make a state-of-the-art computer center part of their C.A.P.O. (Community Arts Programming & Outreach) Center.

In October of 2019, Jail Guitar Doors took an ambitious step and began renting a small recording studio to provide the graduates of its classes in the juvenile halls, probation camps, and parks and recreation centers throughout Los Angeles County the opportunity to continue their music education. Calling the program C.A.P.O. (Community Arts Programming & Outreach), they made the commitment to show up for system-impacted youth and their communities by offering mentorship and scholarships for songwriting, recording, and music production classes.

What started with two students has evolved into a holistic and comprehensive program approach — not only to music education and re-entry for young and old alike — but also as a diversion to the negative choices that regularly impact the lives of youth and their families.

As one student put it: “The biggest lesson I learned at CAPO is that I have the ability to control my reactions. I can’t control situations, but I can control how I react to them, especially bad situations. Ultimately, that goes into everything I do in life. It’s about being positive.”

JGD says: “We envision a future where ALL of the young people are offered an opportunity to fulfill their potential and realize their dreams.”

We’re pleased and humbled to further that vision, and grateful for your kind support.

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