Westchester Students Collaborate With Kara DioGuardi for Silent Tears

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Studio PH Acad._Wchester20 - Copy - CopyPhoenix House Academy in Westchester students were pleased to welcome our friend, singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi, the creator of our Phoenix Rising Music Program to the Academy’s music studio.  Our students participated in a special songwriting contest with Kara to raise awareness for Silent Tears with her song, “I Am Me.” Silent Tears is an organization devoted to giving a voice to victims of child sexual abuse. Kara is teaming up with Silent Tears to increase public awareness of this important cause via a national campaign. The contest challenges participants to compose and submit their original lyrics to accompany Kara’s music online. A film crew was also present to record the session for a future documentary Kara is working on about the subject of abuse.

Kara met the students at the studio to listen to their tracks and discuss their lyrics and feelings about the exercise as they worked on their submission for the contest. Anita, Josh, and Andre spent weeks writing, reediting, and performing in the studio between their treatment and studies at the Academy. They really enjoyed the process and put a lot of effort and care into their work. We are proud to have Kara as a mentor and thoughtful contributor to our music studio; her guidance enhances the treatment experience for our students.

Since launching in 2013, Silent Tears, a public-private partnership, has worked nationwide, focusing on programs, public affairs, and public awareness to reduce child sexual abuse. They strive to identify prospective areas of necessary change in states’ judicial, legislative, law enforcement, business, education, health care, and faith-based communities.

The Phoenix Rising Music Program, created with Kara’s guidance and support, is an arts therapy program that encourages clients enrolled in our residential substance abuse treatment programs to express themselves through music. Music therapy has been proven to enhance creative expression, increase self-esteem, and assist in the recovery process for those struggling with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health problems.

The Phoenix House Academy in Westchester is a residential substance abuse treatment program for teen boys and girls. The Academy provides an array of services including individual, group, and family counseling, along with evidence-based therapeutic interventions that address each client’s individual needs. Teens at the Academy enjoy a rich campus life and attend an on-site high school (grades 9-12), operated by the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) District 79, where they can earn their diplomas or credits that can be transferred to their home schools.

Find out more about the programs and services offered at Phoenix House, or call our toll-free number today: 1 888 671 9392.

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