With many reflecting on Chris Cornell today on what would have been his birthday, it's great to know that his impact will be felt on future generations. One such way this is happening is through the nonprofit organization Childhaven who have established the Chris Cornell Therapy Music Program with a $100,000 assist from Vicky Cornell to help get the program up and running.

"The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited to join Childhaven to support its extraordinary work impacting the lives of those in need," stated Vicky Cornell. "Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven's establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world's most vulnerable children."

The program will focus its efforts on Childhaven's therapeutic early learning model for trauma-affected children. The youths in the program learn emotional regulation and cognitive skills that help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships and prepare them for success in kindergarten. The music therapy will also help provide a creative outlet through which the children may express and explore their sometimes difficult feelings.

"Because of what they've experienced, a lot of children come to Childhaven struggling with anger and other overwhelming emotions," noted local musician Brian Vogan, who runs music therapy at Childhaven. "Being able to beat on drums is really helpful for them. Other kids are very shy, and music helps to bring them out of their shell."

"We're honored to preserve Chris Cornell's memory with this program," says Childhaven CEO Jon Botten. "Music has the power to engage, to delight, and to heal. Thanks to the Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation, more of our most vulnerable children will be able to use music to build the resilience they need to reach their full potential."

To learn more about Childhaven and to help #KeepThePromise for Chris Cornell, check out the organization's website.

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