Youth Charity Jam combines local teen bands, philanthropy

Youth Charity Jam combines local teen bands, philanthropy


An open-air concert featuring seven local teen-aged pop/rock bands will be from 5-11 p.m., June 28, at The Getaway in Blackhawk Park, 100 15th Ave., next to Marinelli Field in Rockford.

Called Youth Charity Jam, the musical event features the bands One Way Out, Anyway, Tern, Lorenzo Sweat Band, Adrian Rivera, Ander, and Emmanuel the Florist. Admission is $5, which entitles concertgoers to a drawing for a private party with the band of the winner’s choice. Food and refreshments will be available. Security is being provided by the Rockford Park District.

The event is being organized by In Youth We Trust of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois to benefit the Arts and Humanities Fund of the Community Foundation.

In Youth We Trust is a youth leadership development program consisting of about 30 young people from high schools in the region. They meet monthly to plan their own events and community service activities and award grants to other youth programs.

“Youth Charity Jam is the first fund-raiser that In Youth We Trust has ever done,” said Gina Anderson, president of the group.

“We held auditions to choose the groups that are performing, and we sent our sponsorship letters and then met with potential sponsors. It’s been a lot of work, but we’ve really learned a lot about what it takes to make a major event be successful,” Anderson said.

“We also wanted to create a way for youth to give back to the community on their own. With this event, youth have planned it, youth will be providing the entertainment, and most of the crowd will be youth. I think it shows that youth can do really positive things,” said Anderson.

In Youth We Trust chose the Community Foundation’s Arts and Humanities Fund to receive the proceeds because it provides grants to many arts activities for young people in northern Illinois.

Charity Jam sponsors include the Rockford Park District, Papa John’s Pizza, Coca-Cola, WREX-TV, WZOK, Wilson’s Sporting Goods, Rev’d Up and Volcano Falls.

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