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Guitars not Guns

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Music, Youth Centers & Clubs, Youth Development

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

Results: 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: National

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Del M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Guitars not Guns is a very unique NPO that has a prolific impact on the children they serve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow - what a valuable and much needed organization!! I met Barbara Gorin, VP of Fundraising at a music industry convention in LA and within about 10 mins. of talking to her about her organization, I was sold and committed to doing whatever I could to contribute. During the convention we ran into many famous musicians who loved this organizations mission as much as I did and they too committed to doing whatever they could to contribute to it's success. (for examples of this you can look on Barbara Goin's FB page - many pics of her with these musicians)

I have worked in the music industry for more than 2 decades and since the convention I have been in contact with many artists and industry people and all are very excited about and committed to working with this organization.

In my opinion, this organization has a very bright future ahead. They provide a very valuable and important service for those who otherwise would have zero access to this type of training. Not to mention, it gives these kids a chance to be inspired and a glimpse into a side of life they would never have the opportunity to see, let alone participate in if it weren't for this program. Inspiration and hope are two of the most valuable things one can experience and this organization provides both!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have taught for GnG and it is an exemplary program. There is nothing better than hooking kids on the power of music making.

Holly T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization understands that working with kids on a one-to-one basis with music is key to their empowerment. Each child accepted into the program receives a guitar to work with, and if they practice, they get to keep the guitar.
The screening process for the teachers is excellent and the sessions are based in the child's neighborhood. Teachers maintain close relationships with guitar venues and do a good job of quietly recruiting new teachers to the organization.