El Sistema in the Community

Garden Place students perform at a nearby Century Link facility as part of a United Way promotion. A 5th grade ensemble from Garden Place Elementary serenaded Century Link employees during a recent event with Mile High United Way. United Way is out in the business community this fall, promoting workplace giving that supports organizations like El Sistema Colorado. One of the most effective way to encourage giving through United Way is to help employees see the impact of their contributions. El Sistema Colorado students were on hand to perform and show what they are accomplishing with community support. Thanks to all the Century Link employees who gave their applause and encouragement to our young musicians.

Public performances, like this one supporting Mile High United Way, are an important part of the El Sistema Colorado program. The opportunity to perform reinforces the hard work it takes for students to master their instruments and new repertoire. Students feel pride when they are recognized for their playing, driving confidence and building self-esteem. Performing in support of nonprofit organizations and events also reinforces the core El Sistema value of social responsibility and allows students to contribute to their community.

El Sistema Colorado 2nd and 4th grade students from Garden Place and Swansea Elementary schools also recently participated in the kick-off event for Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project. Not only were the students excited to perform, but they increased their understanding of affordable housing issues in their community.

Students perform at the recent Kick-Off event for Habitat for Humanity's Carter Work Project. Habitat is building over a dozen affordable housing units in the Globeville neighborhood.

If you are interested in having El Sistema Colorado students perform at your business or community event, please contact Program Director Jamie Wolf at jwolf@elsistemacolorado.org.