Children

One in 14 American children has a parent who has spent time in jail or is currently behind bars. These children may experience the trauma of separation, abandonment, homelessness, and continued or deepening poverty. This often results in behavioral issues and substandard academic performance.

Mission

SWAN: Scaling Walls a Note at a Time is a support group for children affected by parental incarceration and provides free music lessons, ensemble training, performance opportunities and mentoring.

Why Music?

Research underscores the importance of music on academics as it improves focus, sharpens reasoning skills and raises IQ levels. Music relieves stress, improves emotional awareness and social skills.

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.

How can you help? Your dollars provide our students with instruments, music lessons, performance opportunities, and mentoring

“I think we sounded great and can’t wait for the next performance!”

Blake, SWAN Camp Student 2018

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Latest News

Josh Groban’s Foundation Awards SWAN
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We are thrilled to announce that world-renowned singer and philanthropist, JOSH GROBAN, has graciously awarded SWAN a $10,000 grant for our Summer Camp 2020: “Finding the Music in Me”!  In addition to his exceptional talent and stellar career, Josh Groban’s passion … Read More

Gifts of Hope in Action
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We are delighted to share that the funds raised during the 2019 Gifts That Give Hope Fair are in action for our students. The donations are being used to provide music lessons and performance opportunities both within their schools and … Read More

Biggest Giving Day In The World – ExtraGive Update
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The 2019 Extraordinary Give was the biggest per capita giving day in the world! It was so “Extra” that the giving platform crashed in the final hours. Thanks to you, our amazing supporters, we raised $54,652 in 24-hours and ranked … Read More

Community Partners Spread Christmas Cheer
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During the Christmas season, several local businesses and organizations chose to bless over 100 of our students with the thrill of receiving gifts! Some children were selected to participate in “Shop with a Cop” hosted by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Others received … Read More