My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Hayward La Honda Music Camp, Union City, CA, USA
Last year my son attended La Honda Music Camp for the first time. This was literally a life-changing experience for him. While he has been studying music for a while, it was that experience of making and enjoying music with his peers that really inspired him. Now he is in the 6th grade and is currently playing in 3 orchestras (string orchestra and 7th grade band at school plus Berkeley Youth Orchestra). He converted his room into a music production studio, equipped with a computer and two synthesizers, learned musical score typesetting and is counting days remaining before the 2010 camp. Even more important than music itself, was (in my opinion) how many friends he made in the camp. It was absolutely amazing seeking kids of different ages and backgrounds, some much older than my son being so friendly and nice with him and really enjoying his company, especially since he was considered almost an outcast in his school. I think it boosted his self-esteem enormously and helped him a lot in his transition to the middle school. I could only envy him, because I did not have such an experience when I was a kid myself.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
were absolutely amazing -- so professional and dedicated to music and so loving, so great around the kids
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
offer a lot more, both in terms of longer camp programs which could also be help more often and in terms of reach, allowing many more kids to enjoy the music and improve their skills
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