We are a highly respected and influential arts education program.  Since 2006, we have provided award winning FREE training to greater New York City area youth between the ages of 13 and 19.

Each semester, between 50 and 75 participants are selected through an audition process to learn music history and vocal techniques in classes held at the Foundation's renovated Harlem brownstone. Students are encouraged to discover their personal artistic talent and expressions while building self-confidence on and off stage.

The Gospel for Teens Choir was created to pass the music from this generation to the next. The members serve as ambassadors of gospel music, uniting people of every race, nationality, religious, or spiritual background with a universal message that we are more alike than we are different.

We mean to lift up the youth through history and gospel music!
— Vy Higginsen, Executive Director, Mama Foundation for the Arts


You may be familiar with our work from our 60 Minutes special.  You can find both parts below.