Girlchoir Pilot Program Brings Afterschool Music Program to Elementary Students
This past spring, Saint Malachy Catholic School in North Philadelphia, one of 15 Catholic schools within the IMS network, participated in a one-month pilot of a girls’ and boys’ choir program. The school partnered with the Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG) in order to bring an afterschool musical program to their students.
Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG) is a girl empowerment choral academy targeting girls in Camden, Philadelphia and Baltimore. SCG programming builds critical skills for success (academic, leadership and prosocial skills, social capital, resilience and positive habits) through intensive musical study and performance coupled with intentional youth development.
“Music and art funding can significantly impact the community life and spirit of the school”, said Steve Janczewski, Principal of St. Malachy, “With a shared goal of excellence and positive youth development, we felt that introducing SCG to our students was completely in line with our mission”.
More importantly, SCG builds communities of music makers that empower girls to occupy their unique position in creating a better world. In addition, SCG states that across all of their programs in Camden, Baltimore and Philadelphia, participating students exhibit 100% on-time grade promotion. The program also cites reported increases in problem solving confidence, sense of purpose, friendship skills and teamwork skills.
There were 25 Saint Malachy elementary students (grades 2 to 4) who participated in the Girlchoir pilot this past Spring. The SCG afterschool rehearsals culminated last May with the performance of a mini-concert for family and friends.
St. Malachy hopes to continue the program for the 2019-20 school year and is currently looking to secure funding.