PERFOMANCE HISTORY
PERFOMANCE HISTORY

 

GIFFORD YOUTH ORCHESTRA

DESIGNED TO BE A COMMUNITY RESOURCE

 

The Gifford Florida Youth Orchestra is a Community Project. We are not connected with any school, church, or other organization. We were organized at the request of Gifford Residents (primarily Annie Laura Powell), approved by the senior Gifford Civic Organization (The Progressive Civic League, under the Chairmanship of A. J. Harris), and originally funded by the Gifford Front Porch Initiative, Angelia Perry, Executive Director. We now depend on the goodwill financial donations from philanthropic organizations and individuals to continue our work in the underserved and under privileged and under employed Florida Community.

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the
patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning” ―
Plato

 

WHY A YOUTH ORCHESTRA IS HELPFUL TO CHILDREN  

Recent research has documented the assets that are needed to
help adolescents develop.  Irrespective of race and economic status, youth thrive when a community that provides:

  • Support from family, other adults the neighborhood and the school
  • Opportunities to be valued outside their families and to be seen as able to perform valued community service roles in the community.
  • Clear boundaries established and monitored by families and other adults and supported by high expectations
  • Opportunities for the constructive use of time including music, youth programs and religious engagement

These factors when combined with: commitment to learning, positive values and positive identity and the development of social skills improve the likelihood of student success. Critical social skills include: planning and decision making, ability to connect to others, ability to resist negative peer pressure and ability to resolve conflicts peacefully[1].



[1] 40
Developmental Assets for Adolescents ( 2011). Search Institute: retrieved on 3/1/11 from http://www.search-institute.org/content/40-developmental-assets-adolescents-ages-12-18



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WHY THE GIFFORD FRONT PORCH REVITALIZATION COUNCIL

FUNDED THIS ORCHESTRA FROM 2003 - 2005

 

In 2003, when the original proposal was submitted to Front Porch, the Neighborhood Action Plan listed several goals for the Education Committee in the Community Goals Matrix.  In our application for funding from that Council, we had to explain

 "What will be the impact on the goals of the neighborhood action plan, if we were approved for funding?"

 

 Following is our answer for then, and now:

 

A.  In the Action In the Action plan, the Community Goals Matrix lists several goals that Gifford plans to reach by the year 2007, such as:

  1. greater sense of community pride
  2. increase in the number of county recreational
    and cultural organizations that conduct activities in Gifford, and
  3. greater community involvement with schools

 

B.  We know that all  these goals shall be reached, but none of them, by themselves, will insure long range continuance of the goals of the Community if self esteem, pride in elf, self respect, and respect for the community are not instilled in the youth before they realize what’s missing in their community and how unrealistic may be the possibilities of changing their lot in life.

 

C.  What is needed in the formula for reaching and maintaining the Gifford Community goals are various components of cultural development. Adding violin lessons to the early education of Gifford youth, with a cultural twist, can be a source of pride in accomplishment for self and appreciation for the Community that nurtures them. This sense of pride in community and pride in self will be an asset to the desires of the Gifford residents and their expectancy in reaching their goals for 2007. Even FCAT scores can improve because building self esteem in this project will carry over to self esteem in the classroom. Further, increasing a child’s self esteem in elementary years can help mold that child’s character which will be carried forward into life. This serves to create future generations who will maintain the outcome of the community goals.



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WHY A YOUTH ORCHESTRA WAS APPROVED BY

THE PROGRESSIVE CIVIC LEAGUE OF GIFFORD, FLORIDA 

 

The community of Gifford Florida is a tough community to grow up in. The families of Gifford experience economic and social stressors.  The majority of the children are children of color. The median family income is 60% of the state median or $27,000. One in 5 families is below the poverty level resulting in a child poverty rate of 70% and many of the others are just above that line.  More than half of the families are African American and 20% of household are headed by women.[1] 

 

Successfully raising children in this environment requires resources to supplement the families ….. social and cultural resources of the community.  In the absence of such resource, youth are at risk of school drop out, delinquency and engagement in the local drug and gang culture. There are few opportunities for youth to secure the assets they need to become productive citizens.  The Gifford Youth Orchestra is one such resource.  It brings a strength and culture based approach to building the capacity and character of young people. 

 

Although focused on music, the program works to build a range of skills and experiences for young people.  Among the capacities developed are:

  • Performance skills
  • Mastery of an instrument through discipline, focus and practice
  • Team work and social skills, and Linkage to adult mentors
  • Community service through concerts and tutoring of younger orchestra members
  • Improved linkage to school as a result of improved discipline, focus and tutorial support
  • Exposure to other groups and communities via traveling concerts.
  • Ability to increase community pride and individual self esteem by making a contribution to the cultural life of the community.

[1] Gifford
Florida Income Earnings and wages data retrieved on 3/1/11 from:

http://www.city-data.com/income/income-Gifford-Florida.html

Research and Critical Analysis by Dr. Carol Wilson Spigner, DSW
Emerita Associate Professor/ Clinician Educator
University of Pennsylvania
School of Social Policy & Practice
717 439-1136- Cell
717 234-0105- Fax

Contact Us

The Gifford Florida Youth Orchestra
8 Vista Gardens Trl #102
Vero Beach, FL 32962

 

 Mailing Address:P O Box 691166

Vero Beach, FL 32969-1166
Phone: +1 772 / 778-5118

 

Email: GYO@GYOTIGERS.ORG

Upcoming Dates

November 5, 2016

"The Magic of 13 Years"

ANNUAL CONCERT  2:00 p.m.

The Gifford Community Center 

            4855 43rd Avenue

  Corner 43rd Ave. & 49th St.   

 

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