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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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!

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.

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

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.