I am the President of the South Florida Chapter of a non-profit called “Guitars Not Gun’s” http://guitarsnotguns.org/ (not to be confused with Guitars over guns). My non-profit has been in existence for 17 years, and was started by a husband and wife team, Ray and Louise Nelson in California, and is now in 17 cities with 22 chapters.
Essentially this is how the program works. We take 10 high-risk kids and foster kids between the ages of 10-16 at a time and we teach them how to play the guitar. For, one and half-hours a week for 8 weeks. Then we have a gradation, where they perform the songs we have learned. At that graduation, we have them sign a contract that they will never bring a gun to school and if they see anyone else bring a gun they will report them. Then we give them the guitars!
It is an amazing program that teaches these children so much more than guitar lessons. We teach them their divinity. That they matter! That they do not have to be a victim of the circumstances they where born into. That they can be anything they want in life with a little hard work and passion. It is an amazing transformation.
I need volunteer teachers!!! and donations to bring this program to every community. PLEASE HELP ! PLEASE SHARE!
Jimi Ruccolo President of the South Florida Chapter, Guitars Not Guns.