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

SWAN is featured at PA Family Support Alliance
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SWAN student, Bryanna Still, has been featured several times on programs focused on Children of Incarcerated Parents. Most recently, she spoke and performed for a conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.  It was important for those in attendance … Read More

Giving Thanks After An Extraordinary Week!
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We are grateful to all our supporters who participated in last week’s Extraordinary events. You gave EXTRA and raised over $19,000! Your gift of music to the vulnerable children we serve will help transform their lives placing them on a … Read More

I Give Extra Because
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Lancaster’s Small Business Person of the Year, Steve Wolgemuth, has chosen to support SWAN and here’s why: “There are no shortages of opportunities to give to non-profit organizations. I get letters and calls almost daily. So why SWAN? For me, … Read More