The design of the program directly meets numerous social and educational objectives by providing young people with an opportunity for cultural and artistic enrichment and serving as a direct solution to problems such as bullying and violence. By actively engaging youth and children in a daily, after-school, community-focused activity, Encore! Sistema builds an inclusive network through which these students may develop resiliency, social capital, and the sense of accomplishment that stems from hard work, both as individuals and as a collective.
El Sistema presently provides opportunities for inclusion and growth through music participation to more than 500,000 young people, many of them otherwise disadvantaged, at over 205 centers or nucléos throughout Venezuela. The program is now being adopted as a model for similar music education initiatives in more than 25 countries worldwide, including Canada. At least ten Sistema-inspired programs currently exist in Canadian cities across the country
A latin american symphonic extravaganza featuring the Encore! Sistema students of St. Gabriel, the FACE Symphony Orchestra, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Chamber Orchestra, and young violin virtuosos Robert Margaryan, Yu Kai Sun and Richard Zheng.