With the help of college mentors, Musical Empowerment helps children in underprivileged communities to discover a love for learning and a creative ability for music.
Sophomore Denton Ong, who serves on the marketing committee, said Musical Empowerment has expanded considerably after starting in 2002 with just twelve student pairs.
“In 2012, we became a non-profit organization aimed at expanding our model to other universities and communities, and in that time, we have grown to 140 student pairs,” he said. “Additionally, we have also expanded to N.C. State and Wake Forest, where we are continuing to use our model to the same effect.”
Ong said supporting Musical Empowerment has been a positive and enlightening experience for him.
“Musical Empowerment, by pairing UNC students with local K-12 students, has enabled me to expand my horizons and serve as a positive mentor for Omari Ross, to whom I teach guitar. It has been one of the best aspects of my time at UNC,” he said.