Children

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.

Academics

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.

Community

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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SWAN: Making a Change
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Before District Attorney Craig Stedman could speak at SWAN’s fall gala, he had to first google our site to find out what we were about. He read about the impact that music can have on a child and how children … Read More

Thank You for Making an Extraordinary Difference
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Thank you for making an EXTRAORDINARY difference in our students’ lives. You helped raise $22,650 during two extraordinary events! This gift of music will transform our students’ lives, placing them on a course towards success. Thank you for caring and … Read More

SWAN Student Shares Her Story on National Radio
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Tune in and hear SWAN student Angelica share her story on Executive Leaders Radio along with Executive Director Diana Vuolo and SWAN advocate Nikki Johnson-Huston. Nikki will be the featured speaker at our upcoming “Make An Extraordinary Difference” gala on November 17th. Angelica … Read More