Music & Youth Grants $450,000 to 11 Nonprofits to Support After-School Music Programs

weh-ukele-image-sizeBoston MA, December 1, 2016 — The Music & Youth Initiative is pleased to announce that in 2016, it contributed $450,000 in grants, equipment, and support services to 11 Youth Development Partners in support of their after-school music programs.

With the funding and support from Music & Youth, these Youth Development organizations are able to establish Music Clubhouses where underserved youth, ages 10-18, can participate in contemporary music lessons, learn how to use music recording technology, and have performance opportunities. Through this unique, hands-on approach to music immersion, the youth participants are staying off the streets, improving academic and social skills, and building self-confidence and self-esteem.

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Bank of America Awards $25K Grant to Music & Youth Initiative to Fund Youth Workforce Development Program

Youth Leader Program provides many teens with their first job, teaching them leadership and the value of hard work.

Boston MA, July 21, 2016 — The Music & Youth Initiative was awarded a $25,000 grant from Bank of America to support the Youth Leader Program, a program that provides workforce opportunities to underserved teens within the setting of a Music Clubhouse. Continue reading

Nurtured by Dot’s Boys & Girls Club, Ms. Melo Takes Flight

GRIFFIN CONNOLLY, dotbannersmall, JUNE 15, 2016

Stand-out student and club member: Mishaliz Melo with her grandmother, Maribel Pereira, at the New England Women's Leadership Awards in May.

Stand-out student and club member: Mishaliz Melo with her grandmother, Maribel Pereira, at the New England Women’s Leadership Awards in May.

Mishaliz Melo was about to take the stage at the 2015 New England Women’s Leadership Awards event, and, as usual with large-audience performances, she was dreading it.

At times like this, when she is stricken with the fear of freezing up, a tidal wave of heat engulfs Melo’s body and her skin turns wine-red.

But when she reached the microphone to begin her song, the crowd of more than 200, which included Mayor Marty Walsh and scores of vital donors to the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, was rendered invisible to her by the blinding rays of the stage lighting.

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After-School Music Programs Receive $96K in Grants from Music & Youth

Henry - Ft Worth_Img sizeBoston MA, June 3, 2016 — The Music & Youth Initiative, an organization dedicated to creating accessible, sustainable, high-quality music programs, is pleased to announce $96,000 in grants to 11 Youth Development Partners in support of their “Music Clubhouse” programs this Spring. These organizations provide free music lessons to underserved youth in Massachusetts and Texas, with a focus on guitar, keyboard, drums, voice, and music recording technology. The Music & Youth grants also support youth leadership and video programs within the Music Clubhouses.

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Taking it to New Orleans

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Performers from the West End House Music Clubhouse in their award-winning music video.

Congratulations to the West End House Music Clubhouse band who has been invited to perform in New Orleans in front of an audience of 1,500 Boys & Girls Club professionals and supporters.

After winning the prestigious Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2016 National Talent Search, the teens learned that they would be featured guests at the BGCA National Conference!

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Be Nice to Your Sales Associate: How Staples Crowdsources Corporate Philanthropy

By MIKE SCUTARIInsidePhilanthropy, JANUARY 29, 2016

As IP’s Sara Michelle noted in a previous post, the next time you’re picking up printer toner at Staples, it may behoove you to be particularly gregarious with your sales associate.

The reason is the Staples Foundations’ 2 Million and Change initiative, which empowers Staples associates to direct funding to nonprofit organizations focused on education or job skills. More than 9,000 associates have participated in directing donations of up to $25,000 to their organization of choice since the initiative’s inception. In 2014, grants were awarded to 990 local nonprofit organizations in 47 states. Worldwide, $2.4 million—hence 2 Million and Changewas directed to more than 1,000 organizations across 24 countries. Continue reading