It's my time to give back to the community. My passion is reaching children before they start making the wrong life-choices. I joined the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club in the Charlotte, NC area, because their focus is serving the children of the world. After watching an episode on 60 MINUTES about a charitable program called El Sistema in Caracus, Venezuela, that uses the power of music to change children's lives, several of the members wanted to start an El Sistema program in the Charlotte community. It was very clear to me that we could do this...that we could help bring about social change using music as the tool.
There are so many great non-profits that provide food, shelter, clothing etc., but I wanted to get involved with a preventative program that reaches children early in life, and gives them the life lessons that will allow them to be productive in the community after they graduate high school, rather than relying upon the community to get by. So I worked to get the program started, am currently serving on the board of directors as treasurer and am volunteering in the classroom. Our goal is to use music as the catalyst to improve school performance, strengthen families, and benefit the community at large.
It also excited me that by working with these kids two hours a day after school and four days a week, we are offering a unique experience that couldn't help but be one of the most beneficial programs ever for children! MusicalMinds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is currently in one elementary school. But the success we've experienced so far has us ready to expand to other schools. Our goal is to change the trajectory of hundreds of children lives, while also creating multiple youth orchestras. With your help, we can reach deserving children all over the Charlotte area, and join hundreds of other El Sistema inspired programs all over the country that are changing the lives of children through music.
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