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November 27, 2012 > Youth help Dominican Sisters

Youth help Dominican Sisters

Submitted By Mr. Krishnaswamy Narasimhan

Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose (DSMSJ) established 133 years ago in San Francisco moved to Fremont after the 1906 earthquake. The architect of this institution, Mother Maria Pia Backes embraced all cultures and opened her heart most especially to the needs of the young, the poor and vulnerable. Thanks to her efforts, this institution grew like a Banyan tree offering services to the needy.

Established in 2006, the Dominican Schools Music Project brings music instruction to 1,700 students in six Bay Area schools affiliated with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Of these six schools, three serve predominately low income families. Through partnerships with each school, they provide every child with twice weekly, year-long, sequential and comprehensive music instruction, opportunities to study vocal and instrumental music in on-site after school programs, professional concerts, school and community performances, and summer camp opportunities. The music program was started with funding from the May and Stanley Smith Foundation. But the initial funding is decreasing, and schools cannot support the program on their budgets alone.

Youth Service Through Cultural Arts (YSTCA), a group started by four 11th graders, Divya Mohan, Gopal Ravindran, Ashwin Srikant, and Vignesh Thyagarajan, to showcase and utilize the young music and other cultural talents of the Bay Area youths for the community, is organizing an all-day music and dance event to raise funds for the music programs offered by the Sisters.

All, from different high schools in the Bay Area, all are advanced students of Indian Classical music. They have organized an all-day music and dance event to raise funds for the music programs offered by the Sisters.

This day-long program will feature classical music and dance programs of students from 15 Bay area schools. Vice-Mayor of Fremont, Ms. Anu Natarajan will serve as Guest of Honor. Admission to the event is FREE for the audience; donations/contributions are highly appreciated. Please contact for more details.

Youth Service event
Saturday, Dec 8
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Chapel Auditorium, Dominican Sisters
43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont

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