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Carly Mearman


Joined: May 27, 2014

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The Music Empowerment Project is a nonprofit providing music education programs abroad designed to empower participants by exploring individual worth, cultivating a desire to succeed, and promoting global awareness and service. 

I am excited to support the ME Project as a volunteer dance coach, choreographing and instructing 7th and 8th grade at-risk youth in rural Honduras July 19-26.  In addition to implementing a music empowerment program including instrumental, vocal, and dance programs for the children, the team will also be active in humanitarian service in the towns and villages. 

Our challenge for the week (as part of a larger three part music program to be implemented in many schools in multiple countries) is to teach the children to play Pharrell William's hit song "Happy" and to shoot a music video to be a part of a larger documentary of the nonprofit's inception and growth.  I have set a goal of $3,000 to cover the program free costs, airfare, and to assist in purchasing instuments and kid-friendly props for the music video.  All funds raised above the goal will go towards the non-profit.  

From the bottom of my heart I am so thankful for the support and donations of any size. Thank you in advance for being a part of making these childrens' dreams come true as well as my own dream of using my passion for dance to help at-risk children abroad.  Thank you to the amazing Lizzy Vincent for inviting me on this journey. 

 (Any additional funds will go toward supporting the larger effort to empower at-risk middle school students through music by expanding the program, building a separate music room with a recording booth, printing text books, administrative costs including marketing and legal fees as a non-profit, establishing scholarships for US needs-based students and Honduran students to continue schooling.)

If you have a high school or college student interested in joining, visit for more details and reserve your spot ASAP.
About the ME Project:
The Music Empowerment Project is a nonprofit providing music education programs abroad designed to empower participants by exploring individual worth, cultivating a desire to succeed, and promoting global awareness and service. 

Leveraging poverty stricken nations where NGOs are present and utilizing a peer assisted learning (PAL) model, music industry professionals and music minded high school and college students from United States teach abroad and create 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 concert 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, creativity, drug avoidance, human trafficking awareness, and innovation.
  • 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.

The music empowerment project comes about in response to the great need for an understanding of self-worth and a need for better education in rural and poverty stricken communities of the world to help path at-risk youth toward success.  In Honduras, for instance, the middle school enrollment rate is as low as 30% due to factors including costs associated with middles school attendance, low student interest in attending school, little understanding of benefits of a middle school education.

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985 Jun 20, 14 06:8 PM $100.00 Carly - You never cease to amaze me. Good luck & Congrats!! GeNienne A Samuels
978 Jun 19, 14 03:29 PM $0.00 Unregistered User
977 Jun 19, 14 03:24 PM $50.00 Daniel Fetter
973 Jun 18, 14 07:32 PM $20.00 You go girl! I love you. Katie Gill
954 Jun 12, 14 01:51 PM $50.00 Laura Hoffman
938 Jun 03, 14 12:46 PM $30.00 Love you Carly <3 You are amazing. Shaina K Allen
922 May 30, 14 06:16 PM $50.00 So incredibly proud of you! Keep kicking ass, beautiful! paige aurita zeigler
920 May 29, 14 10:49 PM $0.00 Hey beautiful! Love you! Can't wait to hear all about this trip when you come back! Unregistered User
916 May 29, 14 05:54 PM $100.00 Michelle Turenne
913 May 29, 14 02:29 PM $25.00 Love you! Cameron Adair
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