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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.