CARYFEST raising money to teach life skills to local students

Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY) Festival dedicated to empowering youths (KXAN Photo/ Todd Bailey)
Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY) Festival dedicated to empowering youths (KXAN Photo/ Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Most Austinites unwind with a little music on the weekends, but one show last Sunday had an important message.

The Council on At-Risk Youth, or CARY, is raising money to help 1,000 students in several local school districts one music note at a time. The goal of CARYFEST is to show students how to lead productive lives and stay out of trouble while collecting funds through a music festival.

However, CARY is only able to work with 15-percent of students who need help. Now they are igniting efforts to reach more children to help them avoid a life of crime or violence.

“A lot of these kids, they just need someone to talk to. They need a partner, someone who cares about them. And so being there every day in the schools is incredibly empowering for them,” says Jonathan Panzer the Development Director of CARY.

Panzer says 99-percent of their students come from low-income homes and 75-percent of them have family members who are serving or have spent time in jail.

Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY) Festival dedicated to empowering youths (KXAN Photo/ Todd Bailey)
Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY) Festival dedicated to empowering youths (KXAN Photo/ Todd Bailey)

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