Our belief is that music is unique in that it has the power to unite diverse groups of people and is a disciplined and immediate gateway to emotional awareness. Teens who participate regularly in music not only hone their abilities to focus, think, organize, and work with others but begin to master their own, often challenging, emotional lives. Students at MRC can benefit greatly even from the simple presence of another adult.

Whether or not you are a musician, there are many aspects of our program that rely on the efforts of volunteers. If you are musically inclined, even better!

For musicians looking to volunteer, we often have a need for private lesson instructors. We also accept equipment and monetary donations in order to help support our programs and students.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Music Instructor

Volunteer Music Instructors generally donate their time one day a week, for at least 2-4 hours. Hours we are open to our members are 2-7 PM, Mon-Thurs (12-6 PM in the Summer). Students meet with a teacher for 30 minute, weekly private lessons. Each student may be from a completely different walk of life, with different musical interests, goals, and skill levels. Teachers excel at MRC by meeting each individual where he or she is and being open to creating a fun and educational learning experience for teens that makes them want to come back.


Many of our students come to MRC and do their homework and study before they get in the studio and start creating dope music. Our staff is often asked for help with math, science, language, history, projects, tests, and homework that we aren’t equipped to provide. Are you interested in donating an hour or two a week to help our students become better students? Or, do you know someone that might be interested? If so, please contact our program coordinator

Contact Nick Burke at nburke@myy.org

Internship Opportunities

Development Internship

MRC is seeking a self motivated, detail oriented current college student, current graduate student, or recent college graduate who is interested in serving as Development Intern and providing a wide range of database, research, administrative, and general support to MRC’s development team. In return, MRC will provide an opportunity for the intern to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, philanthropy, development, youth’s issues, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization with a community impact. The Development Intern will report to the Development Manager and the Executive Director.

The Development Intern will report to the Development Manager.

  • Assist with all aspects of development
  • Maintaining SalesForce database
  • Developing, running and analyzing reports
  • Research prospective funders and funding opportunities, process donations, from receipt to thank you letters
  • Researching and assisting with grant applications
  • Assist with organizing special events for donors, members, and the public
  • Develop marketing materials, such as flyers or brochures
  • Perform general office tasks as assigned
  • Qualified candidates will possess:
  • Great organizational, follow-up and communication skills
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office, Creative Suite, and Mac skills
  • SalesForce experience is a plus
  • Strong ability to multi-task and work in a busy environment
  • Takes initiative to get things done quickly and accurately and can work productively unattended
  • Exhibit a high level of confidentiality relating to donor and members
  • Ownership of his/her responsibilities

If interested, contact Wally Hart – whart@myy.org

Studio Intern

Assists in all music production activities and orientation with new or younger members at MRC. The ideal candidate is a current undergraduate student majoring in communications, electronic media, audio/music production or related field. A passion for non-profits, music, photography and video, and youth organizations is a plus.

Communications Intern

Experience using DSLR cameras for photography and video is highly encouraged. Applicants should also have experience with editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut. The ideal candidate would be an undergraduate student majoring in communications, electronic media, public relations or marketing. A strong interest in non-profits, music, photography, and video, and youth organizations is a plus.

Instrument Instructor Intern

Teach lessons on the instrument of your choice or expertise. Our students are learning a wide variety of music types and would love to learn from you.

Other Positions

There can be plenty of things for a volunteer to do with MRC other than music instruction. We often have a need for additional help with things like promotion, marketing, design, etc. that require professional experience, but give interested individuals without music experience a chance to help out. For those with less niche experience than the areas mentioned above, we also have the need occasionally arise for friends and volunteers that can attend events to support and promote MRC.

If interested in volunteering, contact Nick Burke – nburke@myy.org

Equipment Donations

Despite our limited budget, we want to give our youth the most fulfilling music experience possible. As such, we are occasionally in need of instruments, amplifiers, or other music and recording equipment that could be put to very good use at the MRC.

From instruments & accessories to studio equipment… If you have something to contribute to our efforts, your donation may be tax deductible.

However, for more obscure or large items like pianos, we have to consider space constraints versus usability. While we greatly appreciate the offer of something as valuable as an upright or grand piano, each of our recording and practice rooms is currently outfitted with one and we no longer have space for another. When it comes to recording equipment, any donation we take needs to easily interface with and complement the equipment our members are already learning on and used to working with to be able to be put to good use. (i.e. Quality microphones, preamps, compressors, XLR or instrument cables, or USB/firewire interfaces can be put to immediate good use. Things like digital outboard effects racks, hardware synths with libraries on floppy disk, etc. are a little more difficult to put to good use when working with teens)

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