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Sistema Global and Snow Fountain Press announce a partnership to support and promote the United Nations 2030 Agenda

Sistema Global and Snow Mountain Press are pleased to announce the launch of a collaboration to educate young people about the United Nations 2030 Agenda, and inspire them to support the Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The core of this collaboration is the creation and distribution of the five-book series Carta a missueños ~ Letter to My Dreams, written by the Colombian writer Pilar Velez, illustrated by Venezuelan artist Alynor Díaz and published by Snow Fountain Press. These books feature goals that promote human rights, wellness, economic development, gender equity, community values and a responsibility to the earth and each other. The two books that are completed and currently available in both English and Spanish are: Letter to My Dreams for Planet Earth and Letter to My Dreams for the Children of the World. The first phase of this project includes promoting these books in the United States, Canada, and the annexed territories. Three additional volumes will be released in the near future.
“As Executive Director of Sistema Global, I am very excited to announce this collaboration designed to benefit the young musicians in our network,” said Dr. Gisela Flanigan. “These books raise awareness about our collective responsibility to work for human rights and global sustainability, thereby protecting the dreams of youth around the world. In addition, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to Sistema Global. We are grateful for the support of Snow Fountain Press and hope everyone will enjoy reading these wonderful books.”


Sistema Global is a worldwide network of El Sistema-inspired music programs and supporters working together to advance youth empowerment and social change through the power of music. The core of our value system is the concept of music participation as a fundamental human right. We are committed to advancing this right in all its forms. In this post-COVID world, our organization is accelerating its commitment to strengthen our network of programs and the field of El Sistema teaching.
Established in Miami, Florida in 2013, Snow Fountain Press has earned over thirty literary awards in the genres of novel, poetry, essay, children’s and young adult literature. Snow Fountain Press has focused its efforts on publishing works in English and Spanish dedicated to children and young adults to promote cultural diversity, human values, sustainability, and
environmental preservation; some of these works are part of academic curricula.

● English: Dr. Gisela Flanigan, ED.
● Spanish: Daniela Pinzon,SG Strategic Alliances.
● Pilar Vélez:

Sistema Global Child and Family Safety Commitment

Sistema Global has always been committed to the safety and security of children and families. Our core values, which include youth empowerment, collective impact, the development of self-esteem, and the joy of music-making inform everything we do. We condemn any and all forms of violence against children and families. The #YoTeCreoVzla movement has heightened awareness about the constant vigilance needed to provide safe, nurturing environments for young people, not only in El Sistema-inspired learning programs but throughout the world.

Our Sistema Global family upholds Maestro Abreu’s vision of a worldwide network of programs dedicated to the development of the whole child through participation in joyous music-making as a basic human right. We acknowledge that all children deserve a high level of safety and security. As stewards of this ambitious vision, we seek to join with any organization interested in developing awareness of safety protocols for children.

It is our collective responsibility to create safe, healthy, and equitable environments for the development of our youth. We call on our network and our friends to join us in a united effort to protect our children. We will do this by providing guidance and resources to educate and empower teachers, administrators, and the children they serve.

Each and every day, Sistema Global acts on its commitment to the children and families of our global community by providing resources and support to the programs that foster their musical and personal development. Furthermore, we will continue to create awareness of these important issues.  We urge our network of global El Sistema-inspired programs to be proactive in implementing child abuse prevention measures as an integral part of their day-to-day activities. We remain dedicated to delivering clear and specific guidelines that promote a safe space for the children and their families.


Dr. Gisela Flanigan

Executive Director

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Sistema Global’s mission is to connect, encourage, and inspire El Sistema teachers and leaders world-wide. Our vision is to maintain the most current and comprehensive source of information about these programs, and use this website as a resource which rapidly responds to the needs of our teachers and leaders.

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