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Gospel for Teens led by Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson, circa 2007. Photo credit: G. N. Miller.

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We are extremely grateful to the people and organizations whose generosity enables us to prosper and offer programs such as Gospel for Teens at no cost to the members. Their funding provides the lifeblood of the Mama Foundation for the Arts.

City Council Member Inez E. Dickens New York City Department of Cultural    Affairs New York State Council on the Arts New York State Senator Bill Perkins Assemblyman Keith Wright The Altman Foundation Union Square Awards Leon Lowenstein Foundation ELMA Music Foundation The Achelis and Bodman Foundations

We acknowledge here the generosity of many private individuals. Their contributions are of immeasurable importance.

Visit the Mama Foundation store to bring home CDs, DVDs and posters that capture, celebrate, and support our innovative program.

The Freshmen, Advanced, and Performing Before Live Audience classes share the stage at the Schomburg.

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Executive Director Vy Higginsen created Gospel for Teens to pass the music on from generation to generation. Portrait from 2011. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg.

Its easy to donate online and any amount is appreciated. Mama Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Gospel for Teens participants perform in Mama, I Want to Sing in 2012. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg.

Several members of Gospel for Teens appear in the stage musical Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation.

Gospel for Teens Choir in concert. New York City, circa 2011. Photo credit: Eric Politzer.

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Gospel for Teens at Grants Tomb in Harlem in 2007. Photo credit: G. N. Miller.

Under the direction of the Foundations seasoned music masters, the Gospel for Teens Choir has performed at prestigious venues and special events across America including the Congressional Black Caucus, The Stellar Awards, Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention, New York Fashion Week, Yankee Stadium, and Lincoln Center.

Each semester, between 50 and 75 participants are selected through an audition process to learn music history and vocal techniques in classes held at the Foundations renovated Harlem brownstone. Students are encouraged to discover their personal artistic talent and expressions while building self-confidence on and off stage.

The Gospel for Teens Choir was created to pass the music from this generation to the next. The members serve as ambassadors of gospel music, uniting people of every race, nationality, religious, or spiritual background with a universal message that we are more alike than we are different.

Members of the Gospel for Teens Choir took the grand prize in the open division at The Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition of Harlem, held at The Apollo Theater in February, 2011.

Gospel for Teens Choir at The Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition in 2011. Photo credit: Jasmin Williams.

The staff has been great and my experience here is helping to prepare me to achieve future goals. — KYLE, BROOKLYN, NY

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