Care2rock is a social enterprise that virtually pairs teachers with students to learn any musical instrument on a custom live video platform. Along with these virtual lessons, music teachers at Care2Rock volunteer to provide free music lessons and mentorship to kids in foster care. With each lesson provided, these kids are given an avenue toward healing, empowerment and restoration from a troubled childhood.
Care2Rock believes in the power of connecting communities through music, and that’s what they seek to do with their virtual lessons and music mentorship. Customers can take any music lesson on their site with hand picked, vetted teachers from across the United States for a reasonable fee. All lessons start at the touch of a button with no software to download, all it takes is wifi and a computer camera. This makes learning music accessible to individuals all across the U.S. and abroad. They’ve even offered lessons to students in China and England! Aside from wide accessibility, what makes the Care2Rock platform all the more special is their commitment to providing foster children with the therapeutic and empowering tool of learning music.
Founder Karyn Scott started Care2Rock in 2017 after starting her local non-profit, Kids in New Grove. The non-profit provided Texas youth in foster care with solid mentorship relationships and weekly private music instruction and had a clear impact on the community (kids in the program had a 100% high school graduation rate). However, Karyn noticed that despite the progress, the program would not be able to scale and reach the thousands of kids across the country in foster care with no access to music. By starting a social enterprise, Care2Rock is able to provide a fair wage to musicians trying to fill extra hours in their schedule while simultaneously to expand their impact across the country.
The neuroscience of music’s effect in rewiring kids’ brains who have experienced abuse is very encouraging; music can actually heal damaged neural connections.
It’s common for children in foster care who have experienced abuse and neglect to have brain stem function that puts them in “fight or flight” mode much of the time. This is a normal human response to trauma and creates behavioral problems and other issues as a result of the abuse. Care2Rock shares that attempting cognitive therapy with a psychiatrist (or many other therapies) can have limited results on a child whose brain stem isn’t functioning well. The neuroscience of music’s effect in rewiring kids’ brains who have experienced abuse is very encouraging; music can actually heal damaged neural connections.
Karyn shares “I have worked with kids in foster care for many years and have personally witnessed the transformation that music lessons can bring.” The action of learning music allows an emotional outlet that can be very healing for kids in foster care. It is the social entrepreneur’s goal to connect kids in care to this healing outlet. Every lesson taught by a teacher to a paying customer on the Care2Rock site allows teachers to volunteer for these valuable children. Through their video technology, they could grow to reach thousands of kids in care with music – something most kids in care don’t currently have access to – and actually change lives across the country.
I have worked with kids in foster care for many years and have personally witnessed the transformation that music lessons can bring
From Karyn Scott of Care2Rock: “Social Enterprise allows us to reach many more children in care across the country and to scale the work we are doing. By joining technology and social enterprise, it is possible to completely connect teachers, communities and kids in foster care; something we were unable to do with a non-profit alone. We are grateful for SEA as they help spread the word about empowering social enterprise business models and give us a platform to connect more social enterprises together for maximum impact.”
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