We believe that community voices need to be heard, elevated, and respected at the decision-making table,particularly when developing and implementing programs activities to impact their life outcomes. Community input is critical to our initiative’s success as community engagement and ownership were core to the development of our approach and communities can create innovative solutions to the city’s toughest challenges. With our advocacy work we seek hope to leverage the strengths, knowledge, perspectives, and experiences of parents, guardians, teachers and community leaders, all in service of developing and sustaining high-quality music programming for the youth of Memphis.