Youth Enrichment Program
From the humble beginnings as a Harmonet project, the Youth Enrichment Program has now grown to include all barbershop singers, both male and female, in the United States and Canada.
Jennifer Perry-Edwards, lead singer of the Moxie Ladies, current SAI Queens of Harmony has joined with Montana Jack Fitzpatrick to co-chair the program. Both Sing Canada Harmony and Harmony, Inc have raised their voices in support of the program. They are joined by the Association of International Champions (AIC), the Association of Senior International Quartet Champions (AISQC), the Barbershop Quartet Preservation Association (BQPA) and the Ancient Harmonious Society of Woodshedders (AHSOW)---all standing together in their support for this very special program. Joining also in the sharing of their wonderful talents, all current BHS medallist quartets are participating, as noted below.
The Youth Enrichment Program is encouraging all barbershop singers to contact the Music Educator in their local high school and offer their assistance with any task assigned to them. A sincere and humble willingness to help, in any capacity, is the cornerstone of this program. The program is not intended for and should not be used to recruit members. It is just a sincere effort to help the Music Educators of both nations.
The purpose of this program is to support and encourage high school vocal music programs. All barbershoppers are also asked to be a voice of advocacy for vocal music programs in the nation's high schools. It is important for all of us to do whatever possible to ensure the vibrancy and continued survival of local high school vocal music programs.
Chapters are also urged to support the program by providing financial assistance to the Music Educators for the purchase of needed supplies such as music and costumes. Additionally, where it is possible, chapters should offer pro bono appearances at and for the schools they are supporting and working alongside.
The program has established a goal of touching the lives of 100,000 high school students in, at least, 500 schools by June 30, 2011.
All participants will be eligible for a prize drawing which will include the opportunity to sing a song or tag with, and receive a free CD from, a BHS medallist or several other fine International level quartets. A very special grand prize will also be announced soon.