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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.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.



Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.