--- Grammy-award winning R&B singer Mya, shares the ultimate goal for her foundation, The Mya Arts and Technology Foundation
Kids love summer. School’s out, pools are open and the days are longer. For some youth, particularly those living in low-income communities, summer isn’t fun. It’s a time when they don’t have adequate supervision, nutritious meals or quality summer activities. As a result, they experience learning loss, which can result in lower levels of reading achievement that can persist throughout high school.
Fun, educational activities help to keep learning alive through the summer months and that’s exactly what Grammy-award winning R&B singer Mya provided for youth from the Southeast neighborhood of Washington, D.C. through her foundation, The Mya Arts and Technology Foundation (TMATF). She shared with BlackGivesBack, “I definitely want to make sure kids are inundated with as much knowledge as possible, and that’s really the basis of this program, of any program, to give knowledge.”
TMATF is a non profit organization that provides education in the arts and technology for inner city and suburban youth (ages 5 - 13) throughout the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. The foundation has grown since its beginnings from three courses to a variety of classes that include dance (ballet, hip hop, African), life skills, money management, fashion and modeling, computer skills, art, photography, sound engineering, and music.
On Saturday, August 23, 2008, TMATF in partnership with the 21st Century Program of the Howard Road Academy Charter School held its Finale Fun Day in Washington, D.C., where the youth showed their parents and the community what they learned during the summer camp. Performances featured step demonstrations, praise dance, African dance, hip hop dance and a fashion show with young girls wearing designs they created themselves. During the performances, Mya beamed proudly from the side of the stage – she was so proud!
In addition to her passion for children and youth, Mya is also passionate about animal welfare. She currently serves as a national spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League, a NY based organization that rescues 20,000 animals every year. Mya has three dogs and a cat, sharing that her goal is to promote animal adoption.