Music & Youth Initiative has been awarded $7,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. This generous grant will support the Music Clubhouse Youth Leader Program, which provides jobs for underserved teens who have shown exceptional dedication and leadership qualities in the Music Clubhouse setting.
“The teens who are chosen for the Youth Leader positions are able to develop professional and mentoring skills in a field they’re passionate about,” explains Gary Eichhorn, CEO of Music & Youth. “This is a unique opportunity for these underserved teens, and we’re grateful and honored that Staples has recognized the importance of this program.”
The Youth Leaders supported by the grant will have the opportunity to help run after-school music instruction and events, mentor peers and younger participants, and achieve professional leadership goals. Each Youth Leader will work in a Music Clubhouse established by Music & Youth in partnership with a Youth Development Organization, such as a Boys & Girls Club or YMCA.
The grant awarded to Music & Youth is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising.
“Staples Foundation is committed to encouraging associates around the globe to make a difference in their local communities, and through 2 Million and Change we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Emily McCann, senior manager of community and giving for Staples, Inc.
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 music programs give participants the opportunity 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 17 Music Clubhouses. 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 Staples Community and Giving
Staples contributes to educational an job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 7,000 organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.