The curtain almost fell for YAMA in 2015 when the grant that provided much of its funding ran out. The Yakima Symphony Orchestra stepped in and saved it temporarily. [Founder Stephanie Hsu, Sistema Fellow '12] said she wants to keep YAMA going as a freestanding nonprofit — not because she wants to create professional musicians, but because she believes YAMA can improve lives, one note at a time.
“My goal is to show our kids that they can do whatever they want to do in their future,” Hsu said. “There are no limits placed on them based on where they are from.”