The “OVER MY SHOULDER” Foundation is a unique media-based project whose goal is to raise awareness of the impact of mentoring both cross-culturally and cross-generationally. Inspired by the lead song, “Over My Shoulder,” written by song-writer Dawn Carroll, Charlie Farren, Brynn Arens and Barry Orms and performed by Grammy Award Winner Patti Austin and her “Mentee”, Lianna Gutierrez, the foundation was formed to cultivate the “Art of Mentoring” or “Mentorology” through entertainment-driven products and events.

PATTI AUSTIN: “Our goal is to break down barriers that separate generations of people and cultures. Through mentoring, we all are increasingly interdependent on each other, rather than independent individuals. And, because of people’s interdependency, the foundation hopes to foster respect, diversity, culture, and individuality.”

Dawn Carroll: “I believe there is nothing more dangerous than a hopeless person and our hope is to use music to stimulate great positive thinking and mentor a calm”

Jimi Hendrix “ If there is something to be changed in this world it can only be done with music”

President Barack Obama “Be the change. Mentor a child.” President

The Foundation collects mentoring stories and then they produce events that nominate, reward or pay tribute to great mentoring efforts. The production’s are created to remind us all that… only creative minds can provide the answers to the many problems we face in this world.

We believe music and the arts have the unique ability to deliver messages that aspire to fuel greater confidence, self-expression,self-esteem, and self worth. Music & art is our universal language with the ability to arouse great retrospection – it does infiltrate borders with messages that otherwise go unheard

“Our world needs creative help right now. Our world needs a remedy to heal the broken spirits and the music needs to stimulate great ways to move us all towards a society of greater respect and peace” Dawn Carroll