Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in St. Paul. ComMUSICation is an intensive afterschool choral-based program inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema program that uses music to inspire and motivate at-risk youth. It serves families in the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, a low-income area where few students are able to afford a high-quality music education. The program has two choirs and includes field trips to music community partners, mentorships for students with practicing musicians, and homework help.

Grant supports addition adding an additional hour of programming to reinforce the social-emotional learning focus of ComMUSICation’s two choirs.