The Coast News Group

Teens use music to help at-risk kids

COAST CITIES — YouthJamz, a San Diego 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of youth helping youth, invites the community to get tickets now for its fourth annual Benefit Concert from 5 to 10 p.m. May 19 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.YouthJamz was established and is run by La Costa Canyon students Noah and Jenna Lizerbram. This year’s concert will include The Maine, The Ready Set, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Night Riots, and The MidSummer Classic. The May 19 event will continue to fund the music programs in India and the Congo, as well as establish a music program for abused and neglected San Diego children at the newly built Casa de Amparo’s Casa Kids Center in north San Diego County.

Tickets are available on Ticketmaster. General admission tickets are $25. All ages are welcome and children 10 and under are free with a paying adult. More information on YouthJamz can be found on Facebook or at

Realizing the healing powers of music, YouthJamz mission is to partner with facilities that aid at-risk children but do not yet offer music education. Since 2010, YouthJamz has raised more than $10,000 for music programs for approximately 800 children in San Diego, India and the Congo.

With proceeds from YouthJamz’ 2012 event, the Lizerbrams recently traveled to India with more than 300 instruments to establish a music program at the Rising Star Outreach Peery School for 220 leprosy-affected children.

“The joy and pride beaming from the kids’ faces as they created their own music, temporarily forgetting the hardships of their lives, is the reason YouthJamz exists.” Jenna Lizerbram said. The 2012 event also helped fund a music therapy program at the CAMME rehabilitation center for 400 war-affected children in Congo.