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Sing it Out! Annual AHA! Event

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Local Teens Sing It Out at Annual AHA! Event  Finding Compassion and Courage through Music

On Sunday, April 30th, a dozen teenagers will take the stage one by one to sing rock-and-roll cover songs as participants in Sing it Out!, a joyful and inspiring program of AHA! (Attitude. Harmony. Achievement). AHA! is a nonprofit organization that fosters social and emotional intelligence in adolescents; Sing It Out, now in its 15th year as a program of AHA!, will, for the first time, take place at the gorgeous Lobero Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara.

Rock musician Tina Schlieske and her band, Tina Schlieske and the Graceland Exiles with Sister Laura, will back up the teens, most of whom have never sung in public before. They have been practicing for months to overcome fears and individual challenges. The performance in front of a packed audience represents the culmination of their journeys. Two AHA! facilitators participate through the entire program along with the teens, sharing their trepidation and triumph.

“This is the most uplifting family show of the year,” said Jennifer Freed, co-founder of AHA!. “More than ever, Sing it Out represents what we can be as a community. Teens defeat their fears while adults embrace them. Everyone comes together that night to say YES to heart, courage, conviction, and possibility.”

AHA! directly serves 2500 teens and families year-round with both in-school and after-school programs, teaching social and emotional intelligence through a highly creative and participatory curriculum where all feel connected and have a sense of purpose and belonging. AHA! Peace Builders reach thousands more through their student-led connection circles.

Top sponsors of Sing It Out! Include: Deckers Brands, Stacy & Ron Pulice, Kristin Kirby, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, Brad Lemons Foundation, Yardi, Dean Pitchford & Michael Mealiffe, Vivienne Leebosh, the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, Marla & Lee Phillips, Beryl & Neil Kreisel, Patricia & James Selbert, and the Lobero Outreach Foundation