CARLSBAD — Local teens rocked out for charity at the Youth Jamz Benefit Concert — a fundraiser for homeless youth in San Diego — at Carlsbad’s La Costa Canyon High School on Feb. 25.
More than 100 teens attended the concert, which featured performances by “American Idol” finalist Tim Urban, The Dares and La Costa Canyon High School alum DJ Steevie Wild.
Proceeds from the event were donated to San Diego’s Storefront Shelter, an emergency shelter for youth that offers housing, food and rehabilitation services, Youth Jamz founder and event organizer Noah Lizerbram, 16, said.
“We chose Storefront Shelter because it’s local and when we visited the facility, it had a big impact on us,” Noah said.
The event also featured a performance by school favorite Nender Tips, who won La Costa Canyon’s Battle of the Bands, Thomas Fiss, Avenue 52, and a raffle to win Katy Perry concert tickets.
“We came because there’s a lot of good music and it’s a lot of fun to help a good cause,” La Costa Canyon student Jessica Allegretti, 15, said. She attended the concert with friends Coral Jones, 16, and McKenna Stonhaus, 15.
Stonhaus added, “It’s a really cool thing to do on a Friday night, where teens get to help teens in need.”
La Costa Canyon sophomore Lizerbram and younger sister Jenna, 14, founded the nonprofit Youth Jamz to host events that would attract teens and support local and global charities through ticket and raffle sales.
“We’ve been to a lot of benefit concerts in Los Angeles but never in San Diego,” Noah said. “We decided the only way to have concerts close by was to organize our own.”
Youth Jamz held its first benefit concert last September at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. They organized their second event at La Costa Canyon High School to encourage their fellow students to get involved.
“We really want to inspire other kids,” Noah said. “We want to show them that we can take time to help others despite our busy schedules, and we can have fun doing it.”
Although busy with school and extracurricular activities, the Lizerbrams are currently trying to expand their nonprofit to other schools and organizing a summer benefit concert to be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Proceeds from the summer concert will benefit Rising Star Outreach, which helps children in India’s leper colonies, and Falling Whistles, a charity to rehabilitate war-affected children in the Congo.
For more information about Youth Jamz’s mission and upcoming benefit events, visit www.youthjamz.org.