The San Mateo County chapter of GuitarsNotGuns was started in 2006. Since then, we have had fifteen group classes at ten locations, including Redwood City Police Activities League, San Mateo Police Activities League, Martin Luther King Center, CASA of San Mateo, Coastside Sheriffs Activities League, Canyon Oaks Youth Facility, Glenwood Camp, Edgewood Center for Children and Families (San Bruno/San Carlos), Alta Vista High School, and Cesar Chavez School.
Numerous volunteers, including representatives of the Guitar Club at Mills High School, have taught or co-taught these classes, taking time from their busy schedules to work with young people and share their own love of music. Through the support and generosity of our donors, we have made available to our students the use of new acoustic guitars, gig bags, and accessories, which belong to the students upon successful completion of the course. Over 100 students have completed our course, and each one has received, in addition to a quality guitar, the tools to continue learning, playing, and enjoying music.
We are always looking for venues for classes, volunteers to teach classes, and financial support. For more information, please email Brian O'Kelly.