The Next Stage
CMC's Next Stage initiative is about empowering tomorrow’s leaders by creating an accessible space to the Frogtown, Rondo, and North End neighborhoods where Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) youth are prioritized. A space where they have a voice, receive services that fulfill their basic needs, and have a caring environment that nurtures their social and academic development.
Our Next Stage Initiative includes:
Moving to a new space that will support our youth's academic achievement (when it is safe to do so)
Updating our ancient technology
Buying 20 new black concert music stands for our young musicians
Increasing our reach to more youth & families
Increasing our sustainability for years to come
“I’m not shy anymore. When I [first started] doing choir I wouldn’t show my face at all and now I have my camera on me the whole time. I got over my fear knowing that other people might also be feeling the same thing."
~Aaliyah, 9th grade
"ComMUSICation allows all of St. Paul's youth, especially those from historically under-resourced neighborhoods, to experience the joy and achievement of music-making while growing new skills."
~Sharon DeMark, Program Officer
MN & Community Foundation
CMC Anti-Racism Next Steps
CMC member Mylayja sings "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
"[This song] is empowering, and people can resonate to that song when they’re feeling hopeless. It’s an uplifting song and can get you on your feet to do better in a community and the world. What I wanna tell my community is to stay active and positive because there is too much hate towards people and that’s it."
-Mylayja, 8th grade
Our mission is to empower urban youth with skills for success through music, service and community.