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



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A Window Into Music Class – Episode 3
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Burrowes and Carter actually went very well. I also realized that I’m probably pushing the music part of the classes too long. Instead of trying to get 25 or 30 minutes of music time in, it seems that 20 minutes … Read More

A Window Into Music Class – Episode 2
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I, Holly, had the privilege of visiting a class in order to photograph our students using the new ukuleles. It’s always helpful to observe first hand the significant mentoring, instruction, and challenges that go along with teaching music. Before you read our … Read More

Students Perform at Lancaster County Crime Prevention Summit
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It was an honor for SWAN to once again be invited to present and perform at Lancaster’s Crime Prevention Summit on March 2, 2018. Summit attendees came to learn, network, and discuss various ways to work together as a community to … Read More