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Guitars Not Guns San Joaquin County, CA

Dave Miller - President
Jon Page - Vice President
Sharon Stokes - Secretary/Treasurer
Chris Miller - Board Member


The goal of Guitars Not Guns is to help prevent violence in schools and on the streets by providing foster kids and at-risk youth with focus and self-actualization. We aim to empower them with the most fundamental tool to succeed:

Believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything.

Using music as a catalyst we encourage children and teens to use their creativity to foster personal development and to help divert them from self-destructive influences such as drugs, alcohol and gang-related activities. By providing free guitars and lessons we hope to engage their creative potential and help them achieve their dreams.

Our programs are for children and teens ages 8 - 18 using low teacher-to-student ratios. Each class consists of a maximum of 10 students with three adult instructors. In addition to learning how to master changing from one chord to another, children learn perseverance, discipline and self-esteem. More importantly, the kids learn to enjoy the interaction and have fun in a group setting. Those who complete the full 8 week program are allowed to keep the guitar and are encouraged to return for Level 2

Note: GNG is not anti-gun. We are anti-gun violence.

"Music can heal. It can do more than ease the pain. It can throw a lifeline to kids who can't be reached in any other way."

Paul McCartney