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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One Tough Cookie: Local Attorney Hopes to Inspire Others
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On November 17th award winning attorney Nikki Johnson-Huston will come to inspire the community of Lancaster to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children. Her childhood story represents many of the children who SWAN serves. Come and learn … Read More

Harry Potter, Dracula, and Gremlins Galore help SWAN
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The music students of Chester County’s Valotta Music Studio showed up in Halloween garb to raise funds for SWAN at their Fall Festival last week. Twenty-five children…or Gremlins… performed in Valotta’s recital room in front of supportive parents and friends. … Read More

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