One BEAT Away is a non-profit organization that conducts informal music therapy and donates prayer blankets as an added form of comfort for seniors battling all forms of dementia. Our work is currently being expanded throughout Florida and nationally by training and connecting students and faculty members in high school through post-secondary schools that demonstrate a love for and/or have a background in music to utilize informal music therapy with seniors in local residential centers. One BEAT Away also supports dementia research, in addition to generating revenue that supports underprivileged students with a desire to participate in extracurricular activities, related to music and the arts, but who are unable to afford it.
Together we’re One BEAT Away from…..
Music therapy is one of the most effective methods for those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Activities include listening, performing, composing, or improvising a musical piece. This form of therapy can stimulate remote memory, helping individuals reduce confusion of their current surroundings.
As a young Black man it is a requisite that I use my nonprofit platform to support my peers and youth alike during these challenging, but inspiring times! Therefore I’ve launched our One BEAT Away Dream Defenders Youth Reading Initiative to continue our service to the community during and long after the pandemic.
The One BEAT Away Dream Defenders Project inspires students to be proud of who they are, committed, conscious and unapologetically brilliant! We support and encourage students of color to rise up, pursue their dreams and soar. To that end, we’re asking you to support our book campaign as we pledge to provide as many students of color with inspirational, empowering and purposeful books that celebrate who they are. Please support us by purchasing as many books as you can.
Each book purchased will be distributed to students throughout low-income school districts.
Our next round of book collections is underway with donations being used to purchase and ship inspiring multicultural books to predominantly students of color in the Westwood Heights Schools public school district located in Flint, MI.
This district has 1,510 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 7% of students are at least proficient in math and 13% in reading. Please help us continue to defend the dreams and future of our youth.
We’re so happy to have been able to assist our community by helping a beautiful senior couple with food and temporary housing during these uncertain times. We need each other more than ever now. Together we’re greater than this global pandemic.. You are not alone. Together we are one 💜🌏