JOY is a kindergartener playing the violin.

by Yamhill Enrichment Society
JOY is a kindergartener playing the violin.
JOY is a kindergartener playing the violin.
JOY is a kindergartener playing the violin.
JOY is a kindergartener playing the violin.
JOY is a kindergartener playing the violin.
JOY is a kindergartener playing the violin.
JOY is a kindergartener playing the violin.
JOY is a kindergartener playing the violin.

Summary

The Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES) wants funds to expand its JOY music program to cover K through 5th grades. Based on the internationally successful El Sistema program to harness the power of music for social change, JOY brings joyful learning, discipline, and achievement to an underserved population in rural Yamhill County, Oregon.

$75,000
total goal
$67,137
remaining
45
donors
1
monthly donor
2
fundraisers
1
year

Challenge

Over 86% of the Edwards School children are eligible for free or reduced lunch and don't have access to instrument instruction. Limited school funding provides minimal music instruction for elementary school students. Yet research shows learning to play an instrument highly enhances left and right brain development, while promoting a sense of accomplishment as well as the focus and discipline needed to achieve throughout life.

Solution

By funding instructors to teach violin, starting in kindergarten, students get the benefits music plays in brain development, develop a love of music, and have the pride of developing a skill which will enhance their life. In the short term, the fun of learning an instrument has been shown to engage students with their schooling and improves attendance.

Long-Term Impact

The discipline and focus needed to learn an instrument impart skills which will help students succeed throughout their lives. The sense of achievement that comes from working hard is a lesson they will carry with them as well.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​www.yamhillenrichmentsociety.org

Organization Information

Yamhill Enrichment Society

Location: McMinnville, OR - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Susan Sokol Blosser
McMinnville, OR United States

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