The YMCA of Greater Vancouver in Surrey has been awarded a $20,000 grant to benefit their “Jumpstart Music” program.
The funds, awarded to them from MusiCounts TD Community Music Grants, will be used to purchase Djembe drums and hand-held percussion instruments.
Founded in 2012, the weekly group music introduction and instruction program for identified low-income and vulnerable in Surrey (aged six to 12).
In the last two years, the program has tripled its participation level from 25 to 75 students.
The program is offered in schools – with the Surrey School District providing facility rental, custodial and security service at no cost.
The program is free for all participants, which ensures there is no barriers for youth who are interested in attending the program, a news release states.