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American Childrens Orchestras for Peace

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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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

im a mother and i love this program for my son .he's always looking forward to get to class its a great jot to go to this program. it helps keep him away from drugs and other illegal activities

Client Served

Rating: 5

im a mother and i love this program for my daughter she's always looking forward to get to class its a great jot to go to this program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

im a mother and i love this program for my son he's always so joyfull to come.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i like this class because i play the drum and bongo and that is really fun and exited and fun so that is so fun and ricardo is the most funest teacher so im going to still helping and volinter and i like my job

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

el programa brinda la oportunidad a ninos y jovenes de aprender a tocar un instrumento . de conocer como leer musica . datos sobre historia de la musica conocer amigos que tengan sus mismas inclinaciones y compartir en un ambiente sano y cultural.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this was a very cool experience for me. well in my case i play the congas. THEY ARE VERY FUN WE HAVE very good teachers who teach us a lot. this is not a boring class or anything you might think. this is an opportunity, a chance for you to learn music. and not just music but an instrument!! at the same time. i have learned a lot from them and from what my teacher has taught me. this program has many options you have from Latin music to cello and violin. its a very nice experience. when get to learn an instrument get to learn to love the instrument just like i am. its the best these classes rock! they are like literally the best well according to me. thats my opinion.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i think that this progam is the best for any child that wants to play the an instrument or sing it does not matter how old you .......... if your a parent with talent please came and help use we need teacher ........... if you are child that wants to know how to play an instrument cause you dont have nothing to do at home .please come and injoy yourself and learn something new ......thank you !!!!!!!!!!!! and we are here to help you .thank you again!!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is my presomal experience in this program that in this program the kids here get to learn how to play some instrument that they never played in there life and this program helps them with it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i believe this program is fantastic im glad the kids have a place to learn music and it also helps keep them away from drugs and bad company and it helps them focus on greater things.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i think that the program is very good and we are learning a lot through it and i also think that we should put more money to the orchestra becaoues we could learn more music and we wil start to impact people by singing for peace this program is also good becaouse people dont have to pay but thats why we also need support so that people pich in and help us sing but with the materials that that we have we cant work so good. this is why we need the financial support but over all it exells with or with out the instruments but it would be helpfull thats what i would say about the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi im jennifer. i like this program because the teachers provide help and volunteer their time for each student tolearn how to play their instrument of choice.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i belive this program is magnificent it allows kid the opportunity to learn new instruments and its all free.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

hi im katherine and i like this program because it helps the children learn how to play instruments of their choice. The programe also provides wonderful teachers that volunteer their time to teaching the students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The classes tought here are great..... My daughter has learned a lot.

This program is amazing, it brings an alternative to the kids in the neighborhood.

Thanks a lot.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is a great organization with experienced teachers that have a wide range of knoledge in the musical arts, i approve and support this organization

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

Donor

Rating: 5

Mirelys Sanchez - Manager - Mount Sinai Hospital
I am a Donor of the American Children’s Orchestras for Peace (ACOP) because they provide music instruction to underprivileged children and their goal is to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness that often leads to juvenile violence and low achievement.
I want to take this opportunity to recommend American Children’s Orchestras for Peace as one of the recipients for the donations available out there in this country.

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

Donor

Rating: 5

Carlos R. Sanchez - President - CRS Financial Inc.
I am a Donor of the American Children's Orchestras for Peace (ACOP) because they provide music instruction to underprivileged children, Their goal is to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness that often leads to juvenile violence and low achievement.
ACOP has embedded competitions and raffles in the program, which have been highly successful in retaining child participation, motivating the competitive spirit of the students.
With a large demographic of Latin-American children in the South Florida area, ACOP Latin Music Orchestras is a popular and educational program that teaches children the roots of their
culture,
Please support The American Children's Orchestras for Peace,


I

Donor

Rating: 5

Guatavo Sardinas - President - Rapid Lien services
I have been involved in civic minded programs for many years. In my opinion, the work
of the American Children's Orchestras for Peace is extremely valuable for the children and for our city. They work in the toughest communities and really make a difference.
Please support the American Children's Orchestras for Peace.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God Bless American Children Orchestras. I enrolled my son at the age of 6 into Centro Mater Academy. He is now 12 years old and continues the classes at Jose Marti Park. My son always liked music and playing the instruments, but now he has a passion for music.
I feel that ACOP's programs has helped him stay away from the wrong crowds in school and as well as the streets after school hours. I love American Children Orchestras for giving my son a chance to make himself better at what he loves doing.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have my 3 sons in the classes since 2008. They love their teaches so much. I wouldn't know what we would have done without these music classes. I'm glad that you are in my sons school and wish you all the very best this year.

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! =)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish i can thank all the instructors and site coordinators for the care, help, and knowledge they have given my 3 girls. Not only am i truly amazed of how much they know about music and their history, but of how much they liked it! Thank you American Children Orchestras for Peace. Thank you for caring!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm fascinated with this program!!! My son has honestly learned so much since he started. This is all I have ever wanted for my son to be able to play music, I noticed since he was 2 years old the passion he had for music

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did not think Nicole would learn how to play music so quickly.

Incredible technique and its amazing how the music teachers are able to capture every students attention.


So grateful to be part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love it! Love it! Love it!

I wish I had known about ACOP a few years ago. My children, Francinette sings and Franceska plays the violin.

The staff is wonderful. The teacher's are very dedicated.

I

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with the American Childrens Orchestras approximately eleven years ago and feel proud to be part of this amazing organization once again.

I am truly overwhelmed with such team work and dedication. I hope that additional funding is attained to expand ACOP presence in other educational institutions.

Through music we can enrich our children's life and open their heart to enlightment.

Its just phenomenal!
A. Labrozzi


Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program has truly influence my daughter and little family's lives. There is nothing I can be more thankful for than having my daughter take these music classes and grow in them doing something she can continue as she gets older. Thank you so much ACOP ! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Client Served

Rating: 5

what i like about this program is the fact that the kids are always occupied learning a new peice of music helping them expand in futuristic jobs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i believe this an amazing program for kids. allowing them to learn various instruments allowing to see a futuristic perciption if they find them selve's intrested in music. it assists the parent economically since its free. and it helps build kids social abilities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

what i enjoy about this program is the great joy i see in my daughter

Client Served

Rating: 5

i believe this program this program is very instructive it helps the kid progress alot personally and it helps them, set gaol and it helps them set discipline in there live's. i also believe these should be set in all the parks helping this program to be more accesible.