YONA - SISTEMA
Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta - Sistema (YONA-Sistema) is a program offered by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This program is modeled on the ground-breaking El Sistema project in Venezuela which uses music for social change and teaches the values of unity, harmony, and mutual compassion.
Five days a week, for almost three hours each day, 115 students receive group instrument lessons, led by qualified teachers, at no cost to their families. In this caring environment, students are given nutritious snacks, homework help, and engage in free play and physical activity, and are then bussed safely home.
Each year, another group of students participate in a "YONA Explorers" summer camp, building their musical and social skills in an introduction to the YONA philosophy before joining the full 5-day-per-week program.