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About

Set up free access music schools that focus on artistic heritage and aim to help young people blossom.

Guiding Principles

1) Provide a fair access to culture.
YMW’s actions are aimed at young people between the age of 5 and 17 years old and for whom free access is an essential pre-requisite to their participation.

2) Help and guide young people coming from a working-class environment.
YMW sets up schools in environments where problems such as dropping out, addiction, suicide and violence are part of the social fabric. YMW believes that by offering access to an intensive cultural project, young people will be better equipped to face and transcend challenges they must confront.

3) Music as a tool to establish social cohesion.
YMW works in partnership with community organizations, schools and parents. Music is an instrument of socialization: we focus on its ability to bring people together to develop an environment that inspires people to get involved and create a community spirit around the children.

Results and impact on the community

By bringing the gift of music, we offer young people a tool to define their personality, socialize, participate and inspire lasting change. In concrete terms, YMW promotes:

The global blossoming of the child
Our music courses and collective play/creation sessions awake the creativity present in every young person as well as consciousness, self-respect and respect for others. They also help develop memory, concentration, perseverance and, globally, self-esteem.

Social integration and cultural vitality
By creating bridges between young people, their families, the artists and the local community organizations, our intercultural and intergenerational workshops - free and open to everyone – promote cultural integration and social cohesion.

Main achievements

Young Musicians of the World have set up and are operating three music schools :

In India, the Kalkeri Young Musicians of the World school was founded in 2001 near the village of Kalkeri, in the province of Karnataka.

On a two hectare farm we accommodate, feed, look after and give a free musical and academic education of high quality to 95 school-aged children. We have a current waiting list of 50 people. The Kalkeri school helps these children find their place in society.

In Quebec City, a Young Musicians of the World school was established in 2003 in the St-Sauveur district situated in the lower City. 80 children of school age are registered. We have a waiting list of 25 people. They come after their normal school day for a musical instrument course (violin, guitar, flute and percussion) and a creativity/jam session (4/5 hrs/wk).

In Montreal, a Young Musicians of the World school was established in 2005 in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district. This year, 40 school-aged children are registered. They come after their normal school day for a group session of song, dance, story telling or percussion for 4 hours each week and one Sunday per month.

By bringing the gift of music, Young Musicians of the World offers young people a tool to define their personality, socialize, participate and inspire lasting change.

Important : Actually, if you make donations to Young Musicians of the World through Facebook your contribution will go to Unicef. If you want to donate directly to YMW please visit our website. In about a month the donations through Facebook wiil go directly to YMW.

www.jeunesmusiciensdumonde.org

Thanks for your support

1. Music can change destinies