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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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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Poetry On Odyssey: I was I am

A poem for those struggling with who they were.


it seems almost like a page

in someone else's book now

how there was

a time that i thought

i could have been happy

with someone like you

a million years before

i knew who i was

and that i should mean so much more

than i ever did to you

i almost can't remember

the way you held your elbows or

the way you said the letter o or

the way you told me goodnight

it seems now

that all i can recall

are my relentless tears and

the fear that this was the love

that everyone spoke about

the fear that this

was what id have to live with

for the rest of my life

i remember those late nights

just you and i

you always got what you wanted

i was always too afraid to upset you

looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then

but you kept me

my misery maintained until

i felt like nothing

that night was the record scratch

When I knew my life

Shouldn't be like this.

It wasn't until I finally broke our ties

That I started to remember

Who I am.

But my mind is clear now.

I can remember

How strong I am,

How perfectly happy I am

On my own.

It seems almost like a page

In someone else's book now.

You're finally fading away.

I just wish my scars could fade as quickly.

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