Mission Statement: Helping young minds develop self-worth through enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom.
Our goal at Beyond the Grade is to improve students' sense of self-worth by providing them with programs outside of the classroom that build self-confidence, expose them to the arts, and open their eyes to attainable career opportunities. We strive to continue providing the high quality programs that are in place as well as expand so that we may reach more children.
Currently, programs through Beyond the Grade are giving kids the opportunity to learn from working musicians who have a variety of backgrounds in the music industry. Through our programs, children are not only given the opportunity to reap the benefits of music education, but additionally are provided with a glimpse into what specific career tracks in the world of music might look like. Beyond the Grade aims to keep music alive in our Austin schools by providing after-school music programs to at-risk students at no cost.
Beyond the Grade is currently providing music education for underprivileged kids as an after-school program in Austin area school districts. We currently serve the following schools: Palm Elementary, Houston Elementary, Blazier Elementary School, Martin Middle School, Paredes Middle School, Mendez Middle School, Bedicheck Middle School, Travis Heights Elementary, IDEA Allan college prep school and four private schools - Rainbow Station, Rising Stars Preschool, CDC Beth Israel and The Jewish Community Center. Beyond the Grade is also working with clients from Lifeworks.
Beyond the Grade is currently providing music education for underprivileged kids as an after-school program in Austin area school districts, adding Del Valle School District for the 17-18 school year.
BtG continues working with Lifeworks. Classes are attended by displace teens from their emergency shelter, and held at the rehearsal studio, Space.
Impact StatementImpact Statement: Our staff of professional educators and musicians is dedicated to giving students real musical training and experience through rock band clubs, group guitar lessons, group drum lessons and more.
Since their involvement in AISD and other surrounding Austin schools, Beyond the Grade staff members have seen, first hand, the impact that this program has had on their students. Students participating in the program have shown increased attendance, higher self esteem, stronger leadership skills and have more success working with a team.
Needs StatementNeeds...here's how we can put your donation dollars to work!
$10 - can fund one music class for 1 child
$100 - can fund 1 beginner guitar for 1 child
$500 - can fund 1 month of instruction for 25 kids
$1,000 - can fund equipment for 1 drum class
$5,000 - can fund Rock Band class for 1 school year
Juan D. - ACE Afterschool Program Coordinator
"Mark and his team ran a teen rock band for an after-school program that I oversaw. He worked with the students at Travis High previous to my arrival. Within my first few days on the job, I had several students come by my office asking when Mark was going to start him program. As soon as the program began, I understood the excitement. Mark has a gift for encouraging and teaching students, while making them feel like valued friends. I was impressed with the technical skills that the students gained over the course of the program, and appreciated how much this program bonded students to each other and grew their self-esteems."
Erin H. - ACE Afterschool Program Coordinator
"I like Rock Band (Beyond the Grade program) because it
allows me actually to learn something new for once.
It gives me a way, besides the Paredes band, to actually put
my feelings out in music. Cause I'm always feeling sad, and
playing music makes me happy. That's why it's important to
Ty - Student Testimonial
We also look for help with fundraising and event volunteers.