The Miami Children’s Chorus is taking a stand and making a difference in the lives of hundreds of South Florida children. On Thursday, March 20, 2013, MCC Artistic Administrator, Analy Mendez, and MCC Advanced Chorister, Gabriela Hernandez-Fumero, delivered close to 1000 cans of non-perishable foods, 200 toiletries, kids clothes and baby clothes, to the Leadership Learning Center at St. John Bosco – an after school program that provides homework assistance, literacy, social skills, fitness, and creative arts programs to the children of the east Little Havana community. Donated items were collected by all 150+ members of the Miami Children’s Chorus throughout the month of March.
MCC began its work with the Leadership Learning Center in January of 2013 through its We Will Sing choral outreach project, through which the organization provides a free choral experience program in low-income/underserved communities. The We Will Sing program helps children find their voices as they explore how to warm-up, read music, and most importantly how to work together to achieve a common goal. The project also introduces concepts of respect, communication, commitment, leadership, discipline, and professionalism. In addition, We Will Sing serves as a mentoring program, as MCC choristers volunteer their time to work with the children in rehearsals and serve as positive role models for them.
After working with the children at Leadership Learning Center through the We Will Sing program, and learning that many of the children go home and have no food, clean clothes, or other personal items one may need, MCC advanced chorister, Gabriela Hernandez Fumero decided she would find a way to make an even bigger impact in the lives of these and other Little Havana children. She versioned and created started the Be The Change food/toiletires drive. MCC could not be more proud of its choristers who are not only dedicated to honing their craft as young artists, but who also understand that they have the power to affect and bring joy to others, with their singing and the leadership skills learned with the MCC.