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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music

Mission: Music Changing Lives provides a fully equipped, state-of-the-art, recording studio utilized to teach our youth the basics of recording and producing quality music. Our mission is, “To teach our participants they can live beyond their current reality.” Parents are looking for a place to take their children to play and learn in a safe, enriching environment. They realize that to leave their children unsupervised and without vision is to court disaster. The myriad of components in our program allow children to be actively involved in something positive and productive each day after school, thereby allowing their parents to be sufficed knowing their child is secure and thriving while they are at work. In turn, the parent has a reduced stress level and increased productivity, as well as reduced absenteeism on the job. This results in a win-win situation for children, parents, employers, and communities.

Results: MCL has proven it’s a result driven organization focused on fine arts as an incentive program. Not only have we completed our first compellation album, we also have plans of hosting our first art gallery within just six months of having a physical location to service our youth.  At our community center located in Redlands, CA.  Most importantly, 40% of our students have improved their grade point average by an average of 1 point, significantly improving their chances of graduation.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 or more

Geographic areas served: Inland Empire

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I am so honored to be part of the Board of Directors for this non-profit organization. There is no other like MCL. Although there are other after- school programs throughout the Inland Empire, MCL stands above the rest.
MCL offers the highest quality of music and art enrichment through after-school mentorship programs. It not only provides a safe environment for our at-risk youth to go year round, it engages their interests covering all phases of recording and music. Plus the arts curriculum offers training in creative writing, ceramics, drawing, fashion design and more.
Each student in the program is required to maintain a 2.5 GPA or more which engages them to remain in school. Tutoring is provided if they fall below. School Progress reports are required to allow the program to monitor the student's progress. No student is turned away regardless of their inability to pay. MCL directly attacks the dropout rate and incorporates community volunteers in the process.
The program is not solely dependent on governmental or other one time fundings. MCL is currently housed in the Redlands Community Center and is scheduled in 2011 to provide services in Moreno Valley and Perris.