After School ProgramsLife-Changing Youth Music Education
Afterschool Program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
For the past three school years, students at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (OLMC) in Asbury Park have had after-school Music Education provided by Lakehouse Music Academy. As the school year was about to start in 2017, they were informed that the program’s five-year state grant had run out and the music program was at risk of cancellation. APMF worked with Interfaith Neighbors as well as individual donations to fund three music classes through academic year (AY) 2017-18: Beginner Group Ukulele, Group Ukulele, and Group Guitar.
Each of these classes engages 8-10 students for one hour per week. At the end of each eight-week season (fall, spring, and summer), students demonstrate their progress in a live performance at the All Stars showcase and have an opportunity to record their music at Lakehouse Recording Studios.
Lakehouse music courses are one component in OLMC’s All Stars afterschool program, which in 2014 was nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The All Stars program has already changed the lives of hundreds of Asbury Park’s poorest children and families. In a population where 90% of Mt. Carmel students receive free or reduced lunch, 98% receive tuition subsidies, and 51% have limited English proficiency, programs like this must continue to make any impact.
Funding is still needed to bring back two former classes – Intro to Songwriting and Group – and to continue the program for the next school year.