Our Story

AMPED Kids Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to positively impact the lives of foster and adopted youth by providing access to free private music instruction and other music programs.

We are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children through the power of music. Through growing children’s musical gifts and interests and empowering them through mentorship, discipline and healing, Amped Kids is lifting up children and giving them a voice.

Our dream is to provide hope and vision to children who are undergoing difficult life challenges and empower them for a better future through our Amped music programs.

Our Core Values

We believe in the power of music to transform lives and bring healing to body, mind, and soul.
We believe music education creates opportunity through community, networks, and partnerships.
We are dedicated to protecting the safety and integrity of children.
We are committed to building trusting relationships and developing strong mentorships for a lifetime.
We believe that primary education and music education go hand-in-hand.

We believe music education builds creative and critical thinkings skills, self-esteem, and life skills that contribute to a child’s success.

We believe music is a universal language and positive connector for building healthy, lasting relationships.

Board Leadership

AmpedKids founder April Rooks has personally experienced the impact of music through her own life and witnessed it in the lives of the children she has taught piano and voice. Her vision is to bring a shift into our communities through investing in our children who have been abused, neglected, and are currently in the foster care system and under the care of a CASA volunteer.

April Rooks is a singer/songwriter, worship leader and owner of April Rooks Entertainment providing live music entertainment for weddings and private events. As a vocal and piano instructor for twenty five years. April has helped children and adults enhance their talents, build self-confidence, and become successful in their music endeavors.

In 2018, April founded the Amped Kids Foundation with a vision for enriching the lives of foster children in Georgia through private music instruction, band scholarships, songwriting clinics, and other music programs.

Our Community Board consists of:

  • April Rooks, Founder and President
  • Jason Sauls, Vice President
  • Beth Swenson, Secretary
  • Tony Williams, Treasurer
  • Dave Craver, Past President
  • Jan Smith, Officer
  • Mariette Tipton, Officer
  • Dawn Echols, Officer
  • Brad Anderson, Officer
  • Kristen Wallace, Officer
  • Greg Merritt, Officer
  • George Boggs, Officer

Amped Kids has an active community board to provide oversight and guidance as a valued part of the the northeast Georgia Community.