Lil Wayne and The Motivational Edge

We are so inspired and encouraged by the change we’ve seen in our Miami community and its youth, we want to bring The Motivational Edge to youth across America.
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Ian Welsch
Music
Miami, Florida
United States
8 Team Members

The Motivational Edge is a non-profit outreach and after school program serving the inner city youth of Miami, Florida and South Florida. We use culturally relevant arts as a motivational platform to inspire youth toward academic achievement, increased self-confidence and the building of essential life skills.

With your support, we’ll be able to create ME Phoenix and pay for 12 months worth of operation costs.  After that, the programs become completely self sustaining.  Thanks to this unique business model, you can be confident that your donation will continue helping under-served youth and foster youth for many years to come.

In 2005, our Founder and CEO Ian Welsch came to Miami to begin his career in education.  As a public school teacher, he watched from the front row as budget cuts gutted school arts programs. 

In addition to education, Ian is also an entrepreneur who started an in-home tutoring company shortly after he arrived in Florida.  Unfortunately, he came to realize that many of the children who needed his help the most couldn’t afford private tutoring.

Ever the visionary, Ian looked at two big problems and saw one huge opportunity.  In 2008, he founded The Motivational Edge.

The Motivational Edge is a non-profit outreach and after school program serving the inner city youth of Miami, Florida and South Florida. We use culturally relevant arts as a motivational platform to inspire youth toward academic achievement, increased self-confidence and the building of essential life skills.


The Motivational Edge provides academic tutoring as well as instruction in music and art.  At The Motivational Edge, students can take classes in:

-  The Art of Creative Writing and Lyrial Expression

-  Music Production

-  Dance Expression

-  DJing

-  Many Musical Instruments

-  Urban Arts Expression


Our free tutoring services are available to any qualifying child in our community who needs support in order to succeed academically.  Through no fault of their own though, many of these children are facing realities in which scholastic achievement is not the priority. We provide culturally relevant arts instruction to these children free of charge.  In exchange, we require that our young musicians and artists maintain their grades.  Any student running below a "C" average in any of their core courses is required to receive tutoring in order to participate in the music and arts program(s).


The benefits to our kids are undeniable.  Many children who are unable to express and process their emotions verbally can do so through music and art.  When youth participate in our arts program we regularly see:

  • Academic improvement
  • Increased parental involvement
  • Motivation to succeed in and out of school
  • Increased confidence and morale
  • Increased self-awareness and discipline
  • Inspiration of the creative spirit through music and rhythm

In addition, we bring jobs to the community and can be a referral source to other youth organizations.

We have been so inspired and encouraged by the change we've seen in our Miami community and its youth, we want to offer The Motivational Edge's programs to youth across America.  Obviously that won’t happen overnight, so we’re starting small.  One new location at a time, one new city: Phoenix, Arizona. We anticipate to serve over 400 students in the first 12 months of operation, but need your help!


Besides a little community support and a lot of kids ready to learn and have fun, we need $200,000.  With that money, we’ll be able to create ME Phoenix and pay for 12 months worth of operation costs.  After that, the programs become completely self sustaining.  Thanks to this unique business model, you can be confident that your donation will continue helping under-served youth and foster youth for many years to come.

If you’d like to learn even more about The Motivational Edge and the people who work tirelessly to make it such a success, please visit us at: 



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