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Proceeds from Winter Wonderful! will help to scholarship NEW mentors each year—for four years each—inspiring and teaching aspiring teens toward their pursuit of excellence. The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Mentorship Program uses music as a motivating tool to encourage teens to graduate from high school and continue on to college. Recent research by the Rand Corporation and others suggests that MUSIC is more effective than sports or any other school activity in keeping kids enrolled in school.

The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music values the importance of a multi-tier mentoring model. The MusicReach program collaborates with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony to provide safe and fun music instruction on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus for motivated, underserved youth from the Miami-Dade region, pairing them with Frost School of Music sudents who serve as mentors, teachers, and role models. MusicReach graduate teaching assistants also provide music instruction to hundreds of youths at community venues in low income neighborhoods throughout Miami-Dade. Students from the program have been accepted into local magnet music programs and have also gone to college.

All participating Frost students receive mentoring training and their activities are supervised by Frost School’s outreach director Dr. Melissa Lesniak.