Music & Youth Initiative Partners with Music Empowers Foundation to Provide Jobs for Underserved Youth

PROOF_VerticalBoston MA, September 8, 2015— The Music & Youth Initiative is pleased to announce a $16,000 grant from the Music Empowers Foundation to fund jobs for Youth Leaders for the coming academic year. Each Youth Leader, selected for his or her exceptional dedication and leadership qualities, will work at one of 15 Music Clubhouse locations in Massachusetts and will gain valuable work experience by teaching and mentoring at the Clubhouse.

“I remember my first job and how important it was to my development. The Youth Leader position is a job I would have loved to have had, because it combines a passion for music with real practical work experience. I am glad we can offer this opportunity to an increasing number of young people, thanks to the generosity of the Music Empowers Foundation,” said Gary Eichhorn, CEO of Music & Youth Initiative.

“I was very impressed with Music & Youth from our first becoming aware of the program, “ said Andy Davis, Founder of Music Empowers Foundation. “ What I particularly like about the opportunity to partner with them on the Youth Leadership Program is that our grant will impact directly a select group of young leaders, and we’ll be able to witness their development and successes.”

Music Empowers Foundation joins the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Staples Foundation, and the Schwartz Foundation in providing this unique and valuable employment opportunity for youth who are selected from among Music Clubhouse members for their leadership and dedication.

About Music & Youth Initiative (www.musicandyouth.org)

Music & Youth establishes sustainable high-quality after school contemporary music programs for underserved youth ages 10-18, through collaboration with leading Youth Development Organizations, Universities, and Corporate Partners. These programs are free (or for a minimal cost) to the participating youth. Founded in 2004, Music & Youth Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

About the Music Clubhouse Program

The Music Clubhouse is an after school contemporary music program for underserved youth, ages 10-18, and is run by leading Youth Development Organizations in Massachusetts in partnership with Music & Youth. The Clubhouses provide high quality music education and the opportunity for participants to improve social and academic skills while building self-confidence and self-esteem.  More than 600 youth participate in formal music lessons every week across our 15 locations in Massachusetts.

About Music Empowers

Music Empowers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that provides financial support to nonprofits that offer music education programs in communities with limited or nonexistent programs. Since its inception in early 2010, Music Empowers Foundation has awarded over $700,000 in grants to organizations such as Berklee City Music, Little Kids Rock, Music & Youth Initiative, DonorsChoose.org, and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

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