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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

.ACOP was founded in 2001 and over the years have had thousands of children in the program. Each of those children has received opportunities that would not otherwise have been available. No child has ever been charged to participate in the program and they are accepted without audition.
That is why I like American Children's Orchestras for Peace.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As we move forward into the New Year, I made a vow to myself to make sure that I took the time to appreciate those around me. That being said, I am writing to let you know that
The American Children's Orchestras for Peace deserves praise for their tireless work and commitment to helping the children of Miami. I am glad to know that organizations exist to nurture those that society often forgets but watches what we do, to negotiate their future. Thanks for being a positive influence.
Cory Gachassin-Lafite

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ignacio Diaz - C0-Owner - Zayas Mens Shops
If had a dime for every time I thought about helping The American Children's Orchestras for Peace, all of their financial worries would be over. I would use that money to reinvest in their program because I believe in what they do. Not just because they help children, but because they help children who would otherwise be left to the streets to
fight for what we as a nation should have already given them ..... Peace

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arturo Garcia Lavin - Managing Partner - Developer Morgage Group Inc.
Sometimes when we watch the news we become so overwhelmed with our own lives and how we are going to make it, that we forget about that what we do affects our children not just in the future but also today. That's why I am happy so see programs like American Children's Orchestras for Peace endeavoring to protect a generation that will
one day look at us and say "Thank you" instead of "Why"
Keep up the great work

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH AMERICAN CHILDREN ORCHESTRAS YOUR INSTRUCTORS DON'T ONLY TEACH THESE KIDS JUST TO DO IT, THEY LOVE TO DO IT AND DON'T CARE HOW MANY TIMES THEY HAVE TO REPEAT THEMSELVES UNTIL THAT CHILD LEARNS IT! (MY YOUNGEST AND MIDDLE CHILDREN AGED 6 AND 10 ARE IN THE CLASSES AND HAVE TOLD ME THIS) I LOVE YOU GUYS! =)