Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is pleased to announce that it has received a $165,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Young Singers will use the money to support the formation of a satellite program in the Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay region, offering the children of the Glades access to choral music education and training. The new program will be called “Choirs in the Glades.”
Young Singers is an 11-year-old community organization comprised of 350 Palm Beach County children from second grade through high school.
Based at the Kravis Center, YSPB draws children from all over Palm Beach County. However, the great distance between the two ends of the county has always presented transportation and time obstacles for children living in the Glades areas.
“We are grateful for this wonderful opportunity provided to us by the community foundation to reach out to a significantly underserved segment of our county,” Young Singers Executive Director Beth Clark said. “We have already begun the process of engaging other stakeholders in the Glades to be part of this wonderful program supporting the kids in the Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and Canal Point communities. This is also an important first step in making Young Singers truly a countywide asset to our children. I want to particularly thank all of the elected officials who wrote letters supporting our program and plans.”
The three-year grant is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund.
“One of the goals for this year’s arts and culture grant making was to support projects that focus on bridging cultural divides,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “The Young Singers new choir… is a shining example of a program that has the potential to unite the community in a unique way.”
Learn more about the Young Singers at www.yspb.org.