Did you know that you can help prevent gang violence with a violin? Or that a cello could help a kid go to college?
This year with the help of an RMHCSC community grant, The Harmony Project received the tools it needed to help send kids to college and prevent gang violence in LA neighborhoods: string instruments.
With their $15,000 grant, they were able to purchase cellos, violins, violas, and string basses—33 in total to help support it’s after school program. The Harmony Project introduces at-risk kids to playing musical instruments and provides a safe haven for the critical after-school hours that are often linked to illegal activity by youth.
Kids that participate in The Harmony Project are usually with the program for six years, which is why it’s easy to see why more than 97 percent of its graduates last year were accepted to four year colleges.
The Harmony Project was just one of more than 50 organizations that received grants from RMHCSC last year totaling more than $540,000. More than 18,000 local children were directly impacted by the use of these grants.