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MISSION STATEMENT As our contribution to replacing the cycle of poverty and leveling the playing field for children in Gifford, our Mission is to provide education, experience and training in various cultural and performing arts, for the youth of Gifford, Florida (and neighboring Indian River County Communities), with a core focus on mastering stringed instruments. Our slogan is - More Violins - Less Violence - Better Tomorrows. Our motto is: "Each One Teach One". Our students developed their own theme to describe their purpose "Off the Street - On the Stage."
Using the violin as our initial teaching tool, we give students specialized training which, along with their home training helps them make better choices as they grow. Participation in the GYO changes the paradigm of the students such that they learn to play a stringed instrument, read music, and perform in public. These skills can help them rise above any low expectations to which they might currently be over-exposed from the media, unintelligent adults, and peers without knowledge of who they are. GYO children thereafter become more productive members of the community and identify college and career options that heretofore might not have been in their consciousness. At the onset of their entrance into a GYO class they begin to embody the theme, motto and slogan created by earlier teens in the GYO program as stated above in our Mission Statement.