Letter to the Editor: Gratitude for Teen Musical Activism

2020 is a lot of things, but without dispute it has truly been the year that our young people have stepped up to lead. In July, a local group called In Harmony Montclair (IHM) held its annual Harmony Concert, albeit virtually. This year, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) was honored to be the recipient of the funds raised via the event, which have reached just shy of $5000. This would be amazing enough on its own, especially for a small, grassroots non-profit like SOFIA. However, what impressed us beyond measure was that the group is made up entirely of tweens and teens from age 10 through age 17. All the planning, fundraising, organization, rehearsal via zoom, community building, technical set-up, and performing was run by a fantastic team of teens, led by IHM founder and director, Maggie Borgen. Visit them at InHarmonyMontclair.org.

The much needed funds raised will go directly towards facilitating our #WeCare program that delivers COVID19-related supplies and staples to our clients in Montclair and Essex County. They will also help us continue our workshops and outreach programs as we adjust to effectively holding them virtually while maintaining confidentiality and with our trademark personal touch. Our gratitude for the efforts of the young people in In Harmony Montclair knows no bounds.

SOFIA is also thrilled that In Harmony Montclair has agreed to be a Youth Sponsor of our 10th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence on September 12th, 2020. As we are holding the walk both in-person in Canterbury Park and virtually to allow for participation from everyone who wants to join in, we look forward to the influx of teenage energy and innovation. SOFIA’s Walk is usually the biggest fundraiser of the year, however, we know that this year will pose additional challenges to spread the message that With Awareness There is Hope. This is why we hope the entire community will come out and join us to Walk Against Domestic Violence.

Please visit https://supportsofia.org/events-walk/ or our social media channels for more information about our 10th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence. We hope to walk with you!


Cynthia Walker, SOFIA Founder and Executive Director
Kristin Wald, Vice President of SOFIA’s Board

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