The GreenSpring Mentorship Program serves as an adjunct to educational programs as well as Sound Experiences, Harp Therapy Outreach Program and Summer Music Institutes. Proficient student harpists in the core Performance Ensembles commit to working for a year with a designated student or group of students, and receive specialized training from HARPS-AYHE prior to doing so. The relationships that develop between the mentors and their mentees are socially and developmentally positive for both.
The Ambassadors program is a community service initiative in which GreenSpring American Youth Harp Ensemble students perform throughout the region. More accomplished Ambassadors perform for large events such as the Richmond Forum, galas, receptions, open-houses, parties, and weddings, often in collaboration with other non-profits. Younger Ambassadors play in smaller venues such as coffee shops, stores, restaurants, and public spaces, and present educational programs in local schools, afterschool programs, and for civic and church-based groups, reaching hundreds of children and adults each year. The service hours the students accumulate are recognized by the President's Volunteer Service Awards.
YOUNG AT HARP
Young at Harp is a community service program which focuses on local retirement communities, nursing homes, and senior centers. Experienced student harpists perform solo concerts, small ensemble concerts and educational presentations in approximately 50 of these venues every year. In addition to on-site performances, Young at Harp has cultivated relationships with activities directors to offer group-rate tickets for residents to attend GreenSpring concerts.