By Anthony Garcia
IM INC… Interprevention- Meaningfully Intercepting the Negatives Toward Children! Dennis Morgan Brown Founder/CEO and program administrator created IM Inc., in January 2003 incorporated into a non-profit organization. Mr. Brown’s is a Pastor and musician singer. Started taking an interest in “at risk” youths to develop their talent and de-swayed from drug and alcohol use. He decided to give children “FREE” music lessons. Jose Alejandro Ontiveras, was with the first session of students at IM INC., He was attending Morris Elementary in Rialto and taking violin at his school. Mr. Brown was Jose’s first instructor, teaching him guitar and bass. As the program gained popularity IM INC., was expanding teaching students in three different schools on Saturday mornings 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon.
One afternoon I received a call from Pastor Brown and he explained what he was doing and asked if I would be interested in being a part of this program. Of course, I said, yes! Jose was one of my first bass students in a classroom environment. This bright young man was no joke! He excelled on bass guitar, piano and guitar at an awesome pace! His parents supported him 100%! His mother, Sonia said, “They had no idea their son had this talent locked up inside. Jose and his mother came to visit and to thank us at IM INC., for helping unleash the blessing of music burning inside of him. Jose took what he learned at IM INC., to the next level. He currently is a freshman at the University of Redlands Music Dept., on a grant and scholarship from the university and the music department which he was required to audition for the position only granting 10 opportunities per school year. He’s on a full scholarship and a grant. Plays violin with the University of Redlands Youth Orchestra and is an “A” student. He loves music, that’s what he lives for! Talking with Jose, I asked him what IM INC., meant or did for him, he smiled and said, “it opened the doors to a whole new world. I really enjoy teaching these kids at IM Inc., and thank Mr. Dennis Morgan Brown for the opportunity to share the blessing of music! We have proof it works! Keep the dream alive! Keep a look-out for the next up and coming student out of IM INC., Jose spoke to the student on his visit. The best advice he shared with them was practice, practice, practice. It’s FREE here at IM INC; you have to want to do this for it to work! That same day, Mr. Brown created the Jose Alejandro Ontiveras Merit Achievement Award for our current students to focus on a musical goal. They say children are our future? Thanks to our supporters, San Manuel Reservation and Wal-Mart for their belief in our program and their donation!