Teen seeks funding to pursue college education in music

BentoBerkleeDenver, Colorado: Ben Jenkins, a recent graduate of Denver School of Arts has run out of money for college. Ben was diagnosed with autism at age three.

Ben’s parents left no stone unturned in finding a way to provide him with the therapy he needed. At age six his musical talent began to show. This was the breakthrough they needed.

Dr. Annette Nunez and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) were delighted to work with Ben and his parent. Without the expertise of Dr Nunez and ABA’s technique of breaking skills into small teachable skills Ben would have been institutionalized.

Treatment like this is ongoing and very expensive. The Jenkins spent their savings, lost their home and filed bankruptcy in order to keep Ben in the program.

Ben has now been accepted at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The tuition is $60,000 per year. His family cannot afford this. Neither can Dr. Nunez who has become almost a family member. She has worked tirelessly to raise the funds needed for Ben to keep up with his therapy and attend college. Crowdsourcing projects have been set up to raise funds.

Ben said,

“I would just like to keep that gift and share it always”.

The original article on CBS4 Denver website can be read here

To find out more on Ben’s funding campaigns visit GoFundMe here or Weebly here.

Ben can be followed here on Facebook and Twitter