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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Bands & Ensembles, Children & Youth, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Mission Statement: to create for our children, through music, an environment free from violence. Vision Statement: By developing specific musical programs we will provide our children with alternatives to the cycle of poverty and hopelessness that so often leads to violence. We involve the general community in these musical programs through free concerts at schools, parks and other institutions in various neighborhoods throughout Miami-Dade. Disadvantaged children, typically low income and/or disabled, receive free individual music education and participate in full orchestra concerts. ACOP is based on an internationally acclaimed format proven to increase academics, cognitive skills and self-esteem.

Results: We support hundreds of youth and families a year in one on one mentoring, music instruction and parenting relationships.

Target demographics: Children facing adversity in underprivileged communities ages 4- 18

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000

Programs: We teach children technique in keyboards, drums, violin and vocal instruction in addition to offer parental involvement and mentoring to encourage the children. Research confirms that children's lives can be changed dramatically through family, group and one to one mentoring relationships. Investment in this program is an investment in helping children grow up successfully and overcome environmental challenges.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding program! My son always had a passion for music since he was smaller but due the the economic situation I couldn't afford to pay for classes. When we heard about this program in his school I automatically signed him up. He has attended for two years and I must admit that he has improved in school as well as at home with grades and behavior! I'm amazed and extremely thankful Thank you so much ACOP!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very pleased and honored to have joined American Children's Orchestras for Peace. Their classes and support were available immediately! My twin daughters have not only gained knowledge within the music classes provided, but respect within themselves. ACOP has helped them develop positive social skills and continues to be an amazing experience for my daughters and me. Very satisfied with my children's progress! I greet with affection towards ACOP. Thank you for changing our lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mr. Frank Soler - Publisher/CEO Communications Company
for American Children’s Orchestras for Peace. This organization represents the maximum expression possible for the love and care deserved by all children. Based on my observations, every single one of the organization's instructors is a highly qualified teacher and appears to immensely love doing what they do.

American Children’s Orchestras is a tremendous asset to Miami and I recommend them profoiundly. Anyone who honestly believes in making this world a better place for our children should emulate the efforts of this wonderful program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because of American Children’s Orchestras for Peace you should expect in the future quality natural leaders as examples in how to succeed. The genuine integrity by which they work makes me proud to be living in such a great country.
Yesenia Castellanos

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent of the American Children Orchestra, I am very grateful with the program. My daughter, Cindy Pascual is overly excited. She looks forward to attending class and within less than a year has fluently learned the language of music, which has improved her academic skills.

I will also like to extend my gratitude to Maria, the program cordinator, who's dedication inspire us on a day to day.


Leticia Chitay

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I am a parent who came from Peru. Let’s be real, where else but in America can you go and have poor children get lessons by skilled and educated instructors for free. Especially in neighborhoods where most of the time people struggle to keep their lights.

My name is Norma Calderon and my three children attend this music program since 2005 ACOP music instructors become caring and supportive mentors to my children and others who desperately need positive role models.
Children’s activities include free music lessons in one-on-one and small-group sessions, group rehearsals, full orchestra rehearsals, and public orchestra concerts in non-school hours.
Everyone who reads this should be digging in their pocket to give something to help them.
Thanks!

Ms. Norma Calderon

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with American Children’s Orchestras for Peace in a variety of capacities for many years. I have attended as a volunteer and as a parent, events, rehearsal, and Music Festivals with the involvement of Miami Mayor and other dignitaries and I have great respect for what they do and why they do it. The program has made a great impact on my family as my three children have received music instruction for the past 6 years. I can honestly say that American Children’s Orchestras for Peace saved my children from being involved with street gangs and other violent activities.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ingrid Mestre- Parent

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known of the organization from its inception. I have seen it grow from a dream to a life changing reality for thousands of children, their families and the communities they live in.



There are many important reasons for supporting the American Children's Orchestras for Peace; violence prevention, improve cognitive abilities, create commmunity and so on, but the number one factor is the joy the participating children exhibit.



ACOP steps up to the challenge of providing an alternative to poverty and violence. The free music lessons and instruments as well as the bonding experience from the orchestras makes a real difference in the lives of the children. This is an outstanding organization and program.