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AMPED Kids event to showcase foster kids’ musical talent
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Prizes on display during a silent auction, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Gainesville, during the AMPED Kids Foundation launch party. AMPED will host a youth talent show Saturday, March 23, 2019. - photo by David Barnes

The AMPED Kids Foundation, a Gainesville nonprofit that provides private music lessons to foster kids and other underserved children, is hosting a “You've Got Talent” showcase this Saturday, March 23, at The Little House on Washington Street.

AMPED founder April Rooks said foster families are invited “to bring children to showcase their talents, explore musical instruments and learn about our free music lessons.

“Since our launch last May, we have continued to gain momentum,” Rooks said.  

Rooks added that one student is enrolled in piano lessons and a handful more will be starting lessons soon.

“We have broadened our network of partnerships,” Rooks said, “in order to reach more children and foster families.”

AMPED helps pay for instruments, provide lessons and cover expenses for things like band camp.

“Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of children who are in the care of the (Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocate) organization in Georgia through private music instruction and band scholarships,” Rooks told The Times last May. “My passion is to give every child the opportunity to pursue their music interests and dreams.”

The CASA Program and the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children are nonprofit organizations that provide comprehensive victim services to abused and neglected children in Hall and Dawson Counties.

AMPED Kids Foundation

What: “You’ve Got Talent” music show for foster children and children in the care of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Kids will have the opportunity to explore musical instruments and learn about a free music lesson program.

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 23

Where: The Little House (part of the Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocate program and Edmondson Telford Center for Children), 603 Washington St. SW, Gainesville

More info: To be in the talent show, email