Jazz in the Schools (JITS) is a program of Lyrical Lines Education Network, dedicated to bringing jazz education workshops to students in local elementary and secondary schools. Beginning and advanced students alike are grouped into jazz combos with a rhythm section and singers. JITS’ goal is the development of jazz performance, simultaneously focussing on real-life skills of collaboration, teamwork, interaction, and leadership. JITS is committed to instructing students of all levels of musical ability. The tailored, hands-on nature of the project caters to student mental health awareness and self-expression. In a world where students are struggling with identity, anxiety and large workloads, artistic opportunities and creative outlets are needed more than ever in our public schools. JITS provides one of these much-needed opportunities. Gaining support from Giving Tuesday would allow JITS to expand the program, and make a creative difference for the many students in need in Waterloo Region schools.