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Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts
February 26, 2010

I first became aware of MECA in high school; I played violin at a performing arts high school school, but could not afford private lessons and was having trouble keeping up with my peers. A friend of mine suggested MECA, where she had been a mariachi student for many years. At MECA I received great personal musical instruction and the opportunity to perform in recitals every semester, which was great training for an aspiring musician. Not only that, but when I graduated high school, MECA gave me a scholarship, which went a long way in helping me attend college. Music taught me focus, discipline and the value of hard work, qualities that have served me well through college and as I establish a professional career. A place like MECA that offers great arts classes, especially at reduced fees for people like me who otherwise couldn't afford classes, provides a great service to the community. Over the last three decades, MECA has turned out hundreds of students who use their arts experiences to build successful lives. As a former student-musician, I cannot stress enough how my arts training prepared me to handle the challenges of life and to put in the effort to pursue my dreams. Knowing how much I benefitted from MECA, I wanted to do something to give back, so I began volunteering here after graduating college, and eventually accepted a position at the school. I know there are many others here who have continued to be involved in MECA long after their children stop taking lessons. MECA staff, students and family have incredible dedication to the mission because we have all seen the fruits of our labor -talented children nurtured into becoming successful adults.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, hard-working, friendly and eager to help the families and children served here.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

restore the 98 year-old building that houses MECA, buy instruments and other equipment, and provide some great, quality programming for at-risk kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I took music lessons here, served as a volunteer and am now an employee.