Short-Term: Our short-term vision is to set-up more lessons between more UNC student teachers and kids from the local community. We do not want to have to turn away any child from taking music lessons because of financial constraints or any UNC teacher because of our inability to provide an instrument for their student. Musical Empowerment will allow us to reach out to more children from underprivileged backgrounds because it will eliminate the major deterrent to taking music lessons. With an increased number of children able to take lessons, we hope to provide more opportunities for UNC students to give back to the community.
Long-Term: We hope to create a sustainable, impactful, long-lasting and unique social venture. Rather than working to achieve a set goal (having 100 students taking lessons, for example), we hope to produce “social profit” which will occur when all of the purchased instruments for the lending program are fully utilized by youth in the local community. Growth of this type of profit is supported by several sources: grants, monetary and instrument donations, possible community and corporate sponsors, and, most importantly, people. We want all kids from low-income families in our Chapel Hill-Carrboro community to grow up nurturing their gifts and discovering their unique talents under the guidance of people who care about them. We hope that at-risk youth will develop long-lasting relationships with UNC students in which student and teacher will learn from each other.