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The Mission

Guitars Over Guns provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music education and performance as an alternative to the negative and harmful influences that often dominate their environments.

Our programs target the most vulnerable students, pairing them with professional musicians who use contemporary music to reach and teach the skills necessary to unleash their potential to be leaders, both in and out of school.

Already Making History

Guitars Over Guns started in 2008 after several years evaluating the most effective way to formalize the ad-hoc mentoring that members of a local Miami band, Suénalo, had been undertaking for years in their North Miami community.

Since launching in 2008, GOGO has mentored over 240 students, seeing over a 90% increase in GPA, school attendance and decision-making skills, and suspension rates through the 2013-14 school year. The impact of performing and being expressive through music transforms lives, evidenced more by the compelling testimonials of our students than all of our statistics.

One Of A Kind

GOGO mentors come from different walks and musical paths but are all connected by their love for music and a passion of paying that gift forward. They are our heart and soul, implementing and customizing a comprehensive curriculum that extends Dr. Bernstein’s dissertation evidencing music mentoring as a powerful intervention tool for at-risk adolescents.

Headquartered in Miami, Guitars over Guns believes its research-based model to be highly scalable and is committed to forging lasting partnerships with world-class institutions committed to helping achieve our collective goals.

2014 “Choose Your Sound” Benefit Concert highlights
2014 “Choose Your Sound” Benefit Concert highlights
Guitars Over Guns’ Day at Studio 26 with NBC6 Miami
Guitars Over Guns alumni Santa shares her experiences in the GOGO program
Guitars Over Guns alumni Rody talks about music and his experience in the program

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miami_dade_countyThe Guitars Over Guns program is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.



childrens_trust The Guitars Over Guns program is funded in part by The Children’s Trust. The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.