Israel Shalom ministers to 103 at-risk children and adolescents from the Brasilândia community, a deprived area on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil. Israel Shalom uses musical education with a Christian focus to gain the youth’s attention and share the gospel—which can transform the life trajectory of these kids.
Israel Shalom teaches youth music appreciation classes and beginner to advanced music lessons (instrumental and vocal). Within the community, Israel Shalom performs concerts and shows to highlight young artists and provides an outlet to share the gospel. Adolescents are trained to lead worship at local churches and youth detention centers alongside its ministry partner, JEAME. Additionally, Israel Shalom teaches ballet to girls culminating in recitals.
Most volunteers graduated from the program and returned to invest in the lives of these youth. As graduates pour into the ministry, they serve as role models, and proof to at-risk kids that staying off the streets and away from the pull of gangs is possible through participation in Israel Shalom programs.