Valencia High School to Host ‘Girls Empowered’ Benefit Concert
The Girls Empowered: Valencia High School benefit concert opens next Wednesday to raise funds for the school’s jazz choir and wellness programs.
Bringing the community together to raise funds for the Valencia High School Choir Program and the Viking Wellness Program that have been impacted by the pandemic, the Girls Empowered: Benefit Concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. next Wednesday.
“We are thrilled to partner with so many wonderful community members and professionals to support the VHS Choir Program and the VHS Wellness Program,” said Valencia High School Principal Dr. Pete Getz. “With an entrance fee of $10, the benefit concert is very family-friendly and a great way to support both of these programs, with all proceeds going directly to these programs.”
The concert is the celebratory and fundraising finale of the six-week “Girls Empowered” program, which was recently attended by students from Valencia High School.
Co-hosts, Sally Colón-Petree, founder of “Girls Empowered”, and Tommy Jackson, CEO of First Note Play, are both heavily involved in youth empowerment programs and have joined forces to deliver this program and a benefit concert at the Valence high school.
“We are honored to sponsor the Girls Empowered program for Valencia High School and help this generation achieve greatness,” Jackson said. “They are our future.”
The benefit concert is expected to feature performances from multiple artists and genres, from some of LA’s acclaimed and rising artists, including Ellie Duke, ill Nicky, Josh Logan and up-and-coming Santa Clarita artist Paige Christine.
The Valencia High School Choir program is also set to feature, with performances by vocal jazz ensembles “Two ‘N Four” and “Soundwaves,” according to school officials.
“‘Girls Empowered’ is a six-week mentorship program aimed at encouraging, empowering and engaging the lives of adolescent girls in middle school and high school,” reads a statement from Girls Empowered. “The program was founded in 2019 by Sally Colón-Petree (certified transformational life coach, documentarian, and mother of two teenage girls in Valencia High School), who was drawn into acting after watching teens struggle with peer pressure, bullying, lack of autonomy. esteem, and not having the tools to fight it.
Under the program, there are six choirs touring internationally with 150 student participants, and the funding helps provide students with “key opportunities for educational enrichment that are not funded, such as guest speakers, visits to professional musicians, educational trips, competitions and private lessons”.
All proceeds from the concert are expected to be split between the Valencia High School Choir Program and the Valencia High School Viking Wellness Program, which have struggled economically due to the pandemic.
The funds can also help cover costs with their backing band, foot coaches, choreographer and sound engineers, according to program officials.
The Viking Wellness Program, led by Jacqueline Pershing, supports the mental health, well-being, independence, and academic achievement of all student families and staff at Valencia High School.
All funds raised are expected to assist in the development and implementation of a continuum of early interventions as well as the promotion of well-being and academic success for all students, according to school officials.
Doors open at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at the Canyon High School Performing Arts Center at 19300 Nadal Street in Santa Clarita.
Tickets can be purchased here or at the Canyon High PAC box office on the night of the event.
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