Guitars not Guns

Rating: 4.95 stars   61 reviews


PO Box 3562 Peachtree City GA 30269 USA


Provide guitars and lessons to foster kids, at risk youth and other deserving children in a classroom setting with qualified teachers


Kids and teens are served across the USA and Canada. Our program is open to thousands of kids at Boy's & Girl's Clubs, community centers, teen centers, schools and churches.

Target demographics:

Underprivileged kids an youth that may engage in gang activity.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Students 500

Geographic areas served:



Lessons given on a 8-week schedule through out the year. We help kids that can't be with their parents, at least for a while.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm the Secretary-Treasure of a newly started chapter of GnG in Cobb County, GA. I'm also on the board of the state chapter for GA.

As a long-time guitar player and singer I was greatly impressed with how much GnG has achieved with a minimum of funding. Founders Ray and Louise Nelson really care about the kids who are helped through this program. They put the organization together from scratch ten years ago and slowly but surely grew it from a single small effort into national and international chapters.

I can't say enough good things about Guitars Not Guns.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Making positive changes in kids' lives.

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I have been associated with GnG for about 5 years. Through these years I have concluded the program offers at risk and underprivileged youth the following life skills: learn to play a guitar; requirement to commit to an 8 week program; care for a piece of property in the form of a guitar; discipline in practicing and showing up for class.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing exposure to music to children who would not otherwise get exposure; teaches discipline in practice and caring for an instrument; requires the child to commit to an 8 week program. Also, I find the volunteers get as much out of the program as the children do because their commitment comes with no reward or reimbursement to them other than the satisfaction of teaching and assisting kids.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Attract a larger amount of money so that the program could grow faster with a professional and dedicated leader who could invest full time to the organization's growth. Also, I'd recruit leadership who is both passionate and able to carry the mission forward.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former foster parent I believe in the power of music both in building self-esteem and skills, Guitars not Guns accomplishes both these areas for the children in the program. I have been involved with GNG as a Board Member, fundraiser and think that the classes that are part of the GNG program are a remarkable source of development for the kids in the program. From listening to these kids, they are excited about learning new skills, and participating in the music and learning that this program provides.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by talking to botht he children in the program and their parents. I would judge the success of the program by the participants and their families, and the number of siblings who want to participate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look for more volunteers and funding to expand the program into other sites.

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