Tiny Toones, an amazing non-profit organization that focuses on empowering and teaching under privileged youth in Cambodia, is holding a benefit concert at the University of Denver to raise money for their programs in Cambodia. Tiny Toones is an especially unique and interesting organization because they choose to use Hip-Hop, in all its various forms, to educate these children and help them avoid drugs and diseases like HIV. Tiny Toones mission statement explains perfectly the noble aim of the program.
“The mission of Tiny Toones Cambodia is to provide a safe, positive environment for at‐risk youth to channel their energy and creativity into the arts and education, empowering them to build self‐confidence in their daily lives, aim for better employment possibilities, and feel supported pursuing their dreams.”
Tiny Toones teaches kids to express themselves through rapping, breakdancing, graffiti, beat boxing and DJing, while pairing these classes with English language classes, computer literacy classes and many more. Tiny Toones believes that when children of low income and poverty stricken families have access to free education in a safe, stimulating and creative environment that meaningful change can become a reality. There are many important bullet points on their list for the theory of change for these kids, but the most important to note are that illiteracy, prostitution and gang involvement and the risk of infection from HIV/AIDS all decrease significantly, while self confidence, motivation and long term planning skills all rise. These kids also learn to love an art form that they can use for the rest of their lives, and they can potentially supplement their family’s income through their talents. So far Tiny Toones has helped over 200 underprivileged youths in Cambodia.
Tiny Toones is a great organization with some truly fantastic goals and methods. Everyone should stop by DU to come and support their charity fundraising concert presented by Pioneer Breakers this Friday, May 23rd, between 5 and 9 PM. The event will be held at the Driscoll Student Center in the Driscoll Ballroom. Entry into this event is FREE, but it is suggested you make at least a $5 donation if you have the means. You also have the option of donating old clothes for the kids that Tiny Toones will be working with. For more information please visit the Facebook page for this event, or go to Tiny Toones website at www.tinytoones.org.