The organization Youth Enlightenment System (YES) plays concerts in the White House as part of Hispanic Heritage Month
Music is an expression that restores our being, a potential diverse expression” stated by Cesar Rangel, YES founder, referring to Youth Enlightenment System, more well-known as “YES Movement”, a non-profit organization that is teaching hundreds of youth in the South Florida the importance of music though the collective practice of music and development of their symphonic children’s orchestra.
Mr. Rangel, a Venezuelan immigrant who is a musician by trade, worked in his native country in the “System of Orchestra and Choirs” in the state of Aragua, where more than 40 thousand children and youth benefitted from the methodology.
About a year and a half ago, Mr. Rangel joined forces with Community Connexion and TDA Miami, founded by Dr. Doris Machin and collaborated in establishment of this organization that offers this free after school music program teaching children as young as 4 and as old as 20, operating three times a week. With their NO EXCLUSION policy, YES movement opens their doors for children and youth from all social walks of life and makes no exceptions with special needs and disabled children.
In Florida, today the program has worked with well over 400 kids and youth developing high social and moral values through the music. Through collective practice and integrated group dynamics their students explore and discover life skills and values through the development of academic and technical musical skills.
“In our project, we look to shape children as exemplary citizens and in the process we include their families so that together they can positively impact the community”, said Cesar Rangel.
This social impact has been reflected in the recent invitation that the organization received from the White House. The YES Symphonic Orchestra, and the Masters Wind Quintet, filled and captivated the beautiful spaces of the presidential house. The melodious sound of each instrument in perfect harmony caused the applause and the congratulations of the guests that met as part of the big celebration of the “Hispanic Heritage month” particularly that of the President of the United States Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump. They recognized the hard work of Youth Enlightenment System YES as a valuable tool to social transformation.
“We are an organization dedicated to social rescue and inclusion through orchestra music” added Mr. Rangel.
However, for this initiative to be able to continue and grow in helping the children in the area of 19000 SW 112 Ave in Miami, the financial support of the community is necessary because the instruments that are part of the orchestra and their maintenance have a high price tag.
Cesar Rangel is a musician convinced of the benefit of introducing a child to the world of music from an early age.
“The child that has the experience of working with music will have a transformation in his or her life and will have more opportunities in the future.”
To learn more about the organization or how to join the program Youth Enlightenment System YES, visit www.yes-movement.com
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