Nonprofit changing kids' lives with music

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Young people fall all too often into patterns involving street violence and gangs.

One of the areas where gangs have been well documented is Jersey City, but at Franklin L. Williams Middle School they are fighting back. 

That's where nonprofit Little Kids Rock comes in.

Verona-based Little Kids Rock funds music programs by training public school teachers, donating all of the instruments, and giving them both classroom resources and support they need to ensure their kids have the right to rock out.

Little Kids Rock works with schools in some of the nation's most economically disadvantaged communities.
But this isn't a one-time gig. These kids are in here one hour before and hours after school because it's their time to shine.

The kids there have been rehearsing for their big performance next week at the Hammerstein Ballroom in front of 1,000 people, next to the likes of Steve Miller.

These kids come from around the world for a better life in Jersey City and some found assimilating difficult until they found Little Kids Rock.

The program is funded by private donors as well as big companies including J.C. Penney, Guitar Center and Fossil.

It started with one local program and has expanded to bring rock to kids across the country.

For more information including how to donate visit www.LittleKidsRock.Org.