Committed to Making a Difference One Smile at a Time
Our Organization’s Mission
Guiding Youth Towards Success
Founded in 2019, Strings4Smiles is a youth organization run by New York City high school students that are passionate about music education. They aim to support underprivileged students and minorities through providing them with a basic music education as well as the instruments that come with it. Music does not only provide kids with an outlet but also benefit youth academically, emotionally and mentally. Since many schools cannot afford a music curriculum, many kids go throughout their early life without a genuine appreciation for music. Not all families are as fortunate to afford private classes or orchestras, and those students who cannot are stripped of the chance to become musicians, composers, and future Mozarts. Studies have shown that a child's exposure to music and learning how to play at early ages stimulate the brain and result in acceleration in brain development. Music also gives many kids a purpose and gives them their own form of creative expression, helping to reduce the school to prison pipeline. Every child has the potential to become a talented musician, and every child deserves the same opportunities to get there.