Music Life
Mentoring Programs

Give children the gift of music and get them ready for a successful life by using music as their tool for self-expression. Socialization, motor and basic skills are enhanced through music. The importance of music programs is evident in all cultures. Music builds an appreciation and respect for others and creates a sense of community. Learning music is also proven to aid in brain development and information retention.

The Andy Vargas Foundation has enlisted the support of many local well-known musicians and industry professionals to serve as program mentors. Mentors provide class instruction but also serve as a support system for students by advising them in academia, personal and professional growth.

The Andy Vargas Foundation Programs

Music Conservatory / Mariachi Academy

The program is currently held in Watsonville California. Basic music theory is taught along with vocal instruction, guitar and violin.  The Andy Vargas Foundation will be launching a collaboration with Plaza de La Raza in late 2019 and 2020 to support students interested in the Mariachi Academy. 

Music Composition & Production Academy

The 10-Week program is designed for high school students who are interested in a career in music production. The program includes lesson in vocals, music composition, producing; licensing and publishing, and includes how to network and build relationships. Next Program Class is scheduled for Summer 2020.

“Dreaming” College/University Scholarships

Applications for 2-Year College Scholarships are accepted every Spring beginning February 1- April 30 – to High School Graduates admitted to a 2-year or 4-year College /University or trade school, with an emphasis in Music and the Arts.  All students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or U.S. Residency status with a 2.0 GPA or greater are welcome to apply. The 2020 Academic Scholarships are currently open to students residing in California. To download an application packet click here.

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.

- Oprah Winfrey

Mentorships and Professional Development Opportunities

The Andy Vargas Foundation is committed to supporting continuous education to post program graduates with invitations to opportunities that include master music workshops; attending networking and special events; or other industry related educational or career opportunities.

Nationally, one in four public school children drop out before they finish high school. For African-American and Hispanic students, the challenge is more severe with the likelihood of graduating on time from high school only 65%. Many of these students don’t have access to positive role models.

Mentoring creates meaningful connections that can positively impact the lives of both mentor and mentee. Those who receive mentorship are more likely to see improved academic, social, and economic prospects.

That means that EVERY mentorship matters.

High School Students Who Were At-Risk for Falling Off Track But Had a Mentor Are:

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more likely to enroll in college
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more likely to volunteer regularly
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are interested in becoming a mentor
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more likely to hold leadership positions

Source: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership &