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Written by Melinda Steffy   
Published on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

Kids Count 2017


“The experience was mind-blowing. This was my first time being here and I’d like to say thank you very much because it opened up my eyes to a new world.”

—Nahsir, 11th grade, Philadelphia


Nahsir shared those words after a LiveConnections Bridge Session where he got to create rhythms with first-rate musicians. He danced onstage at World Cafe Live alongside an award-winning choreographer. He engaged with traditions from western Africa, Brazil, the U.S. He experienced a new world. What a gift!

You can help create that world.

We want to raise $40,000 in 10 days through our annual Kids Count Campaign. That means thousands of Philly kids being inspired by live music through our interactive Bridge Sessions. It means students writing poetry, creating their own drums, recording original songs through in-school residencies. It means learning about collaboration, identity, social change. All for FREE.

Isn’t that what we want for our kids’ education? Let’s encourage more kids like Nahsir to open their eyes and see a new world.

The Kids Count Campaign runs May 8 through May 17. Join us today!

Thanks for telling Nahsir and thousands of others that they count!

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Check out our daily photos, stories & quotes!
Day 1: Nahsir: "It opened my eyes to a new world"
Day 2: Zion: "I can do anything"
Day 3: Khalil: "We never give up"
Day 4: Gabrielle: "I am of music"
Day 5: Chris: "I want to be an artist"
Day 6: Samantha: "It brought back all that joy" - Happy 9th birthday to LiveConnections!
Day 7: Amina, Layla, Breina, N'deia: "I want a better world now"
Day 8: Diego: "It's made a big difference"



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