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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Looking Back and Pressing On!
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Please take a moment to see what we have accomplished together for the children we serve. With this encouragement let’s press on to become involved with even more children in 2018!                   … Read More

A Window into Music Class – Episode 8
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Price went extremely well. “A” gave me a hug when he entered the room. I was a bit surprised but I don’t think I will be in the future.   I asked the kids to tell me something unhappy that … Read More

See Our Students in Action! Picnic & Performance Tickets are On SALE
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Our 2nd Annual BBQ Picnic & Performance on August 1, 2018, is the perfect opportunity for you to see our students in action and invite your friends to learn about the great mission you are supporting. Come after work to celebrate our students’ summer … Read More