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HipGive Crowdfunder: Changing lives of at-risk Central American and Caribbean youth through classical music

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Campaign: Music for development

A large portion of young people in Central America and the Caribbean are an economically disadvantaged demographic. They live in environments where violence is prevalent and they suffer from high social risk. In their countries, there is no musical training centers of high level and so they must migrate to fulfill their dreams and vocation.

The Orquesta Juvenil Centroamericana y del Caribe (OJCA) is an institution located in all countries of Central America and some in the Caribbean. They are a regional youth orchestra focused on working with young people teaching them healthy living, how to appreciate the cultural exchange between peoples and discovering open growth opportunities.

Their mission is:

“Promoting integration and Central American and Caribbean identity through group practice of music, respect for cultural diversity, and creating training opportunities and artistic development for young people in the region.”

Today, the OJCA is seeking opportunities for talented students, who have no money, from Central America and the Caribbean to pursue international music studies.

In furthering their symphonic music education, it is rare that these youth have access to higher studies. The orchestra’s faculty wants to support their young talent by helping them gain access to scholarships and at the same time help the orchestras of member countries work towards the prevention of youth violence.

Allying themselves with universities in the US, Mexico, Germany, Spain and China (Taiwan), the OJCA supports the travel of young people to reach these countries to further their studies.

For this, they need to raise $10,000 for scholarships to support them to achieve their musical potential.

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