The Sponsor-a-Child program began in 2008 as a way to provide tuition assistance to aspiring young musicians who wished to participate in the Youth Orchestras of Prince William but were financially unable to do so. Since then, Prince William County has experienced a growing number of students who want to learn to play sting and wind instruments in our schools. The enrollment has also shown that the students who began in the elementary strings program are continuing into the middle school strings program. All of this is wonderful news for music in our schools; however, many of these young musicians are also on the free or reduced lunch program indicating that their families are struggling to succeed.
YOPW has felt the impact of this growth. We have many new young musicians who would like to play with us but are financially unable to participate. Our Sponsor-a-Child Program offers local individuals and businesses the opportunity to help these young musicians to pursue their dreams by providing tuition assistance. Over the past two seasons, due to the growth in demand, YOPW has also applied for and received a Community Impact Grant from the United Way of the National Capital Area which substantially increased our scholarship funds. With this grant and the donations of local businesses and individuals, we have been able to accept every student who wished to participate in our program no matter what their financial situation. YOPW continues to grow and is always seeking new sponsors and funding sources for the growing number of children who wish to be a part of our programs. Please consider sponsoring an aspiring young musician in the pursuit of a dream.
Sponsoring a young musician is easy. Simply make a donation to YOPW and note that you would like your donation to Sponsor-a-Child. Tuition for the season ranges from $175.00-$425.00.