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Ellie Duffy


Joined: Jan 20, 2015

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*Help us cover partial costs of operating a music class designed to empower at-risk middle school children in rural Honduras and to provide young US volunteers with an opportunity to share their music or language skills with poverty-stricken youth*


The ME Project student program March 7-14, 2015 is just part of a larger initiative to bring music programs to at-risk youth in many nations.  Our goal for the year? $300,000.

Your employer may provide donation matching or sponsorship options.

Funds go towards:

  • Purchasing instruments & training supplies
  • On-boarding full-time teacher, expedition videographer and translators
  • Providing partial scholarships for US volunteers
  • Any additional funds will go towards program needs including:
    • Building free-standing music room 
    • Printing text books
    • Administrative costs including marketing, legal, administrative
    • Establishing scholarships for Honduran students to continue schooling

If you have a high school or college student interested in joining or would like to donate your skills to this or another expedition as an expedition mentor, visit www.MEproject.org/travel-programs for more details and reserve your spot ASAP.

About the ME Project:
The Music Empowerment Project is a 502(c)(3) nonprofit providing volunteer expeditions where participants serve as assistant teachers in a music education program designed to empower at-risk middle school age students abroad.
Operating in poverty stricken nations where NGOs are present and utilizing a peer assisted learning (PAL) model, student and professional volunteers with skills in music or language assistant-teach abroad in cross cultural learning experiences.

This program forms partnerships with established NGOs and their supported schools to create and promote music programs to generate a heightened awareness of and appreciation for music and its positive impacts on youth. Through partner programs in the US, ME Project will select need-based scholarship students to enable them to participate in the ME Project efforts abroad.

ME’s goal is to empower youth to discover and embrace their individuality through music by providing an outlet for personal expression, opportunities for cultural appreciation, and the setting to develop a sense of self-confidence and a belief that they can overcome any economic barriers.

The program is designed in three parts:

  • Spring: Music basics to all 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Summer: Instrumentation & vocal training for students displaying most interest in music program. Students plan a community wide performance to share their talents. Curriculum integrates how music affects moods, how it moves us, and how it inspires creativity. Curriculum features weekly themes pertaining to self-appreciation and individuality.
  • Fall: Mini recording academy. Music engineers return to host school to record songs performed during summer concert.

ME has a vision to provide students with scholarships that enable them to return to school for their 8th and 9th grade years and ultimately provide scholarships to the top performers who wish to attend high school.

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1382 Feb 11, 15 01:7 AM $21.92 How exciting Ellie! Have a great time! You are an amazing young woman! Sara Barnett
1315 Jan 26, 15 12:40 PM $27.28 Tina Richards
1314 Jan 26, 15 07:34 AM $50.00 Ed Bickford
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1289 Jan 21, 15 11:28 AM $108.05 What a great opportunity! Love you Lisa Johnson
1285 Jan 20, 15 07:54 PM $27.01 You are amazing! Stay that way :) Alicia Backman
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