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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.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

what i like about this program is pretty much everything! all the teachers are very great, just to mention one of the few the piano teacher is great. all the instruments are in great condition theres great harmony great companionship between the kids and teachers and am very happy with the program

Client Served

Rating: 5

I believe this program is great, but needs more improvment it has and insufficient amount of teachers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I believe that this is an excellent program. it helps the encourage the kids in music. also i hope that these kind of programs continue to open for juviniles helping them to stay of the streets guiding them to a better path.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whta i liked about this program is that it allows kid to use there free time for more productive things. it allows to learn music to further develope knowledge.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i believe this program is amazing it allows this kids develope better communication with each other it has amazing teachers and it allows children and parents to have a wonderful activities allowing us to both have amazing experiences.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i believe this program is amazing it allows kid to learn new things keeping them from being on the street, also it would be great to tell others of this program because it does make a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like this program because it is intresting it allows the kids to learn new things and it helps them become more independant.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program allows my children to stay of the streets, it also allows them to reamianed occupied learning new instruments and doing productive activities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i believe this progra has been great help for my two daughters. if it weren't for this program my daughters would be doing other things not as productive so it helps alot, and thanks to this program my daughter has learned to play the violin and she has been asked to do various programs at church's and reunions.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the most amazing things I have ever seen was to witness the gigantic smiles and overwhelming joy in the eyes of the children at American Children’s Orchestras for Peace. I now understand and believe the saying that a picture paints a thousand words because of the impression that it has left on me. So now I ask how I can help instead of thinking that someone else is doing what I believe God has called all of us to do….protect the children.

I know ACOP would never beg, but I am begging that if someone is in the position to give, this is a worthwhile program to donate too. Thanks American Children’s Orchestras for Peace for having a vision.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

American Children's Orchestras for Peace (ACOP) provides a safe, family friendly environment providing parents a relief from concern as to where their children are after school and how they are employing their time. Since all ACOP programs are free of charge they provide deprived children with an opportunity their parents could not afford otherwise. I have my daughter and son Ashley and Alexandre Devarenne Thanks ACOP. Jackeline Carvajal. Parent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Real talk...When I first arrived in Miami I did not know anyone nor did I speak English very well. A friend of mine told me about the program at the community center in Little Havana that her daughter attended so I took my children. We have attended every week since then with my children learning how important it is to work with other people for the sake of living together in peace. Although I had to have someone write this letter for me I stand by what I believe... Children are our future and we must protect them. Sincerely. Julieth Fernandez

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed at the ease with which American Children's Orchestras for Peace, (ACOP) is able to fulfill a variety of tasks. I have sat back and watch and must say the world needs more Arts Program like ACOP. Not once have I seem ACOP's staff become overwhelmed by an assignment not to mention the nice way they deal with the more challenged children. Esther Lopez. Parent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began this program as a student and since then i have colaberated with the instructors and have become a volunteer due to my love and committment to the program . This program inable's children to learn a various instruments ,and have been here with my cousins and this has enabled us to keep away from dugs and various illegal activities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I want to take this opportunity to recognize and recommend American Children’s Orchestras for Peace. ACOP keep children away from unhealthy patterns and those dangerous idle times in after school hours when they may be prone to getting involved with street gangs and other violent activities. In the at-risk communities served by ACOP, after school hours are the most dangerous time for children to be outside in terms of becoming unintentional victims of community or street violence.
Jorge Carlos Gachassin - ACOP Board Member

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 2 children participate in the American Children’s Orchestras for Peace (ACOP) and I am also a parent volunteer for their many events.

It is with gratitude that I write to you in the hope of impacting your decision to keeping this program open and making it available to all children who do not have the possibility of learning to play an instrument, discover a hidden talent or simply getting that “push” to explore and excel in music.

My daughter played the violin and my son plays the Cello now for over 5 years. When he first came to the program, we did not even know what a Cello was. Thanks to the good eyes and ears of the ACOP teachers, my son won a scholarship to study privately at the Miami Conservatory of Music. At present, he 2 scholarships and divides his time between 2 institutions; he is only 12 years old and we were blessed by having the opportunity of discovering his gift of music at an early age.

American Children’s Orchestra made all this possible for us and we are forever indebted to them. This program needs to grow and reach more children in under-privilege areas but they can not do it without the support of organizations and people like you. We need your help.
Gratefully,
Lorenza Ortiz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We know that Art education is an important part of children's development, because it teaches them teamwork, discipline, and personal achievement in order to take you to the next level in life. American Children's Orchestras for Peace provides underprivileged children with opportunities to expand their knowledge and open doors to their future. ACOP has a wonderful music program. Please help us, so they can help our children! ( I have personal experience with my daughter Francoise, who attends a Magnet School of music Programs and her grades in school are honors thanks AMERICAN CHILDREN'S ORCHESTRAS FOR PEACE) Maria Giraldo, Parent

Board Member

Rating: 5

American Children’s Orchestras for Peace, Inc. (ACOP) is an extraordinary program. I have seen many examples of help based groups in the past however; I have long been impressed by the diligence and work ethic of this non-profit. I understand that they requested people to go on line and give opinions about the program and as a Board Member I jumped at the chance.
Martha Sanjurjo -ACOP Board Member

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mirtha Gonzalez - ACOP Board Member
ACOP is an outstanding organization with true professionalism and love for children. They are able to successfully teach the children about music, mentor them on life issues, and give them pride in being who they are.
In the spirit of love, I hope others also give to keep the program as a positive… for peace.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parents, my wife and I are very grateful for this program. We met the teachers and ACOP Staff and they are amazing! My boys loved your classes from the start and never grew bored. ACOP has helped them get organized, motivated, and above all, interested in learning, confidence in what they do, which is no small feat. My whole family appreciates ACOP for helping our sons (and us!)

Thank you for all your hard work.

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!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Vivian Guerra
Philanthropist

As a donor, I have followed the American Children's Orchestras for Peace (ACOP) for some years. I am impressed with the work they do for our underpriveleged children, communities and for our city, Miami. It is important to me to support groups, such as ACOP, that make a positive difference in the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

Alez Gonzalez-Government Affairs Director for WM
For several years, I have collaborated with American Children's Orchestras for Peace as an active donor. I truly appreciate what they do for the children of Miami, and recognize the influence that the program has in the life of the parents, families and poor neighborhoods.

If you are thinking about donating to a worthwhile organization that works for the community and the children, please consider American Children's Orchestras for Peace.

I am a witness of the hard work, tenacity and love they put forth in the final product: the children.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Maria de Armas - Assistant Principal of Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary.
On behalf of Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary I would like to thank the American Children's Orchestras for Peace, Inc. for working with the children in our school. The ACOP provides our students with a free afterschool musical program. Students are exposed to various musical instruments and musical history. Through music our students are provided with the opportunity to express themselves creatively. It is an honor to be part of this program as its benefits surpasses our expectations. It is our desire at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School to continue working with ACOP in order to ensure that our students have the opportunity to become well rounded individuals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and I have had the oportunity to have this amazing program at my school "Lenora B. Smith" As music teacher I realize the quality and professionalism of the instructors who work for the American Children's Orchestras.

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

my experience have been great , the music teachers and all the staff are very good persons because the most important thing is to help and teach our childrens to learn what they like to learn about music.