Organisation in the Spotlight: Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company
The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company (JYOC) was established in Johannesburg in 1998.
Operating in both Soweto as well as Johannesburg, the Orchestra Company responds to the needs of the youth in all communities by providing a centre of musical excellence in orchestral training and a meeting place for almost 700 young people with musical aspirations.
While their main focus is to up-skill learners in musical skills, their teacher training sees successful students able to explore possibilities for employment at schools, in military bands and in professional orchestras.
"The value of music training is undeniable: children who learn music have an advantage over their peers in terms of emotional, intellectual, cognitive skills and abilities. Through giving young people opportunities to learn, create and participate in music making, the JYOC builds people’s internal capacity to reach their potential. Our mission is to enhance young lives every day through music”.— Yusuf Justin Holcroft, CEO
The JYOC achieves this mission by developing youth through excellent music tuition, while promoting social, personal and artistic growth, by creating opportunities of choice through top-level music education and training for youth from all communities, building community relationships through joint participation in music initiatives and by offering skills development to young adults for music-related career opportunities.
Over the past several years, the initiative has seen many successes; they have worked with over 3 000 alumni, a year-on-year growth of 11%, and have seen 62% of their alumni become teaching staff. On average, over 100 people every year take and pass their music instrumental exams, demonstrating clear improvement year by year.
While the Orchestra can boast many successes, the organisation needs the help of South Africans who believe a better future can be created through music:
Like many NPO’s, we are under financial pressure in today’s recession-hit South Africa. To get us through the difficult times, we are launching a crowdfunding initiative to get a donation of R200 once-off from 4000 people."— Yusuf Justin Holcroft, CEO
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