DEL MAR — Carlsbad residents Noah Lizerbram and Jenna Lizerbram, both students at La Costa Canyon High School, have taken the initiative to raise awareness for two meaningful and important world issues. YouthJamz, an organization of youths helping youths, is hosting the Youth Jamz Benefit Concert, to raise money for two charities that are providing invaluable aid to children of the world — Rising Star Outreach and Falling Whistles Charities.
YouthJamz selected these two organizations as the beneficiaries for its first
YouthJamz Live Benefit Concert, set from 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The concert will feature several bands including Thomas Fiss, School Boy Humor, Tyler Shamy, J*Smith, Brock Storm and a DJ to help rock the house.
Rising Star Outreach is a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of leprosy and the rehabilitation of the leprosy-affected in India. In India alone, there are over 700 leprosy colonies. Today, Rising Star Outreach provides education, housing, and food for nearly 200 children whose parents are leprosy-affected.
Falling Whistles is a campaign for peace in the Congo. Stemming from
a journal written about boys sent to the frontlines of war, armed with only a whistle, the Falling Whistles campaign launched with a simple response — make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace in Congo. Proceeds go to rehabilitate and advocate for war-affected children.
YouthJamz hopes to reach community members and educate them about these two organizations, and YouthJamz, formed by teenagers, and run by teenagers, to promote awareness of issues that are important to teenagers.
All proceeds and donations will go directly to Rising Star Outreach and Falling Whistles. For ticket sales and more details, visit http://yjamzbenefit-efbevent.event-brite.com. You can also visit them on Twitter at Youthjmzbenefit.
Noah, a 15-year-old sophomore and Jenna, a 14-year-old freshman, first became involved with the charity Rising Star Outreach two years ago when they attended an event that spoke about it. The siblings decided to sponsor a child in their program in India.
“Jenna and I use our own money to contribute monthly to provide food, health, and education for him until he is 18,” Noah said. “Jenna then went to another benefit concert and found out about Falling Whistles, which speaks out against the use of child soldiers in the Congo. After Falling Whistles came to our school to speak, we had the idea that a benefit concert in San Diego for teens would help spread their message better. We are really into music, love going to concerts, and thought it was a perfect idea for us.”
They also decided to put the event together for the experience of planning an event and becoming more independent and involved in charity.
“It’s been exciting talking to the bands and putting together the lineup as well as going around to the community to get raffle items,” Noah said. “Also, I play the drums and have a band, so we’re hoping we can play a set when we hold our second annual concert. And Jenna wants to go into entertainment one day. We are hoping to show other teens that despite schoolwork and extracurricular activities, they can make time to make a difference.”