Guitars Over Guns provides after-school mentoring to at-risk youth through the art and music education and performance as an alternative to the gang recruitment, drugs and violence typically dominating their environments. We target the most vulnerable middle-schoolers, pairing them with professional musicians who use contemporary music to reach and teach these young people the skills they need to be successful, both in and out of school.
Earlier this year, Guitars Over Guns students from North Miami Middle School and Allapattah Middle School recreated the popular song, "Am I Wrong" by Nico and Vinz. Mentors spent months with students learning the song and dissecting the lyrics to make the song their own.
Guitars Over Guns alumnus, "Gari Flo" (Garibaldi Joseph), discusses the impact the Guitars Over Guns organization has had on him and his music.
Two of our students performing at our annual benefit concert
Students of GOGO North Miami
GOGO receiving a proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners
Guitars Over Guns students jamming outside during a recording session
Flagship Music Program
Our Flagship music program combines mentorship with musical instruction and performance. Professional teaching artists serve as mentors in this program and work with youth over a year-long period. During this period, they develop relationships with the students to foster not only musical growth but personal development in and out of school. The various musical disciplines include rap and spoken word, singing and songwriting, keyboard, drumming, guitar, trumpet, and drums.
Creative Expressions Program
This is a visual arts based mentorship program. This program uses the same model as our flagship music program but focuses on the visual arts through mediums such as sketching and painting.
Our student-lead dance program where students are studying contemporary dance styles, such as Hip-Hop, and how they emanate from African dance and drums.
Dr. Chad Bernstein
Pam Phillips Weston
Dr. Chad Bernstein
Jono De Leon
Director of Development and Outreach
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.