One in every 14 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison. These children are 70% more likely than other children and youth to be involved in juvenile or adult corrections themselves.


Children who participate in music have a dropout rate 5x lower as compared with their peers and are 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree.


As children succeed our communities will become safer, our culture will be preserved and uplifted, and our tax dollars will be redirected from incarcerating people to building a better society. The average cost of child incarceration: $148k/ year/ child.

“May none of our children ever call a prison cell home”

Music transforms children’s lives, placing them on a course towards success.

SWAN students learn to be disciplined, to work as a team, and to develop confidence. Through ensemble training children experience the power and joy of creating music together. They develop positive group identities and skills which help them excel in school and beyond.

Serving the community through performances enables students to experience the joy of giving and the value of caring for others. It encourages them to make positive life choices and to impact their communities for good.

We are supported mainly through individuals and foundations. Your dollars provide instruments and qualified music teachers who can offer life-changing intervention for at-risk children thus improving their lives, our communities, economy, and culture.

“I can sing without being judged.”

Omar, World Music Ensemble 2016



Latest News

Busy Summer Days
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It’s been a busy summer for SWAN. Thanks to our supporters we’ve been able to increase enrollment and provide private voice and violin lessons as well as group singing and drumming. Two of our teens had the memorable experience of singing the national … Read More

Our Supporters are Amazing!
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Nearly 100 guests attended our “Spotlight on SWAN” banquet and showed their support by raising $9,500 in one evening! We appreciated all those who came, who sponsored tables and invited others. Our students quickly became the spotlight of the evening … Read More

SWAN Featured in Fine Living Lancaster
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Our April 28 fundraising banquet was featured in Fine Living Lancaster’s online publication. Check out the article here: SWAN Fundraising Banquet