The Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta – YONA-Sistema – is expanding again, serving an additional 30 students this school year at its St. Teresa of Calcutta School site.
Students have access to homework help, nutritious snacks, free-play and group music lessons for almost three hours after school, five days a week.
There is no cost to participating families.
“The program’s goals are simple: build stronger communities and provide the tools to create better futures for the children who participate,” Associate Director of Musical Creativity Amanda Banister said in a written release.
“The program enables students to develop a deep-seated confidence, help them cultivate a resilient self-worth, and learn how to incorporate the value of commitment into their lives,” she added.
YONA-Sistema was founded in September 2013. The concept was inspired by the El Sistema program that was developed in Venezuela.