How 'Sing for Hope' Unites The Arts

How 'Sing for Hope' Unites The Arts

The coolest non-profit organization I had ever seen.

Have you ever heard of a nonprofit organization to unite the arts for high school students all over New York? I have, it's called Sing for Hope. Sing for Hope is this amazingly educational environment. I have been with Sing for Hope for over two years, I have learn so much about the arts. When you are with Sing for Hope you can always have a smile on your face because the staff is always so happy to see new people and show you what you are truly capable of. Sing for Hope has worked with volunteer artist like Renee Fleming, Jon Batista, Blake Whyte, Erika Henningsen, Alvin Crawford, and Morgan Karr.

Each year Sing for Hope has an annual yearly gala around October for people to achieve awards and donate to keep the programs that Sing for Hope has created. Sing for Hope has been around for now ten years, they bring out 50 pianos all across the five boroughs in New York. A bunch of different artist come together and work on the pianos. After two weeks of those pianos being on the street, they get donated to hospitals, schools, and medical centers. This year, all the pianos are being sent to different public schools in all boroughs. The youth chorus creates their own piano, the chorus members must unite their creative, innocent minds together to come up with one idea so they can immediately start working on their piano. This year's Sing for Hope Youth Chorus piano is a nature scenery that consist of words within the picture. To show what the youth chorus is inspired by, they are inspired by their surroundings from the sky to trees to the words that give them meaning.

Speaking of the Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, the youth chorus is orchestrated by an amazing conductor. She always believes that anyone that joins the chorus is able to sing even when we don't believe we could hit a single note on the scale. Two years ago the youth chorus started celebrating the departure of the high school seniors that have been working hard to get their education and to have the responsibilities of coming to chorus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When it comes to the celebration, those senior can choose to sing their own song or they can do a duet either with a volunteer artist or the chorus. But the seniors must give a couple of words of their experience on what the youth chorus has done to them.

Each year during the summer, Sing for Hope has this one week volunteer artist extravaganza. That one week is called the Arts Intensive, a five days getting to learn from actors, actresses, opera singers, writers, dancers, improv enthusiast, and many more. Four out of five of those days you get to have a fun time, meeting new people, learning new techniques, and finding out what your true talent is; on the fifth day, the arts intensive has a family gather where we show family, friends, and many more what were some of the ideas we learned being in the Arts Intensive.Usually these are the highlights of everyone's summer because you experience so much within a week that you wish it could never end. When it does we all come together as a giant family and say our good-byes hoping to see them in next year's Arts Intensive.

Sing for Hope has taught me and many high school students an copious amount of the arts. It will always be in my heart because I will never forget what I learned from the youth chorus, the pianos, and the arts intensive. Once you have worked with Sing for Hope, you can never truly leave Sing for Hope, if you were the youth chorus, you can become a volunteer artist to sing with the youth chorus for any events or even volunteer during the Arts Intensive to share what it is like being a volunteer artist. All I know is Sing for Hope was a dream come true when I met Sing for Hope.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

Cover Image Credit: Danielle Balint

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