Guitars Over Guns

LAST UPDATED: October 31, 2018
Education & Youth Development
Guitars Over Guns is a Miami-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds a powerful combination of music education and mentorship with professional musicians to help them overcome hardship, find their voice and reach their potential as tomorrow’s leaders. Guitars Over Guns creates safe spaces for youth to express themselves through music and empowers them to make positive choices at school, at home and in their communities. Guitars Over Guns’ unique curriculum emphasizes social-emotional learning and outcomes through music and arts instruction. After each session, mentors assess students’ academic performance, school and program attendance, artistic progress and peer interactions. We use social-emotional learning measurements to evaluate key competencies such as empathy, teamwork, initiative, responsibility and problem solving. Recent evaluations indicate that over 90 percent of Guitars Over Guns students improved their academic performance, overall conduct and decision-making skills. These measurements are byproducts of a greater shift that is occurring in the way these young people think about the world and their place in it.
169 East Flagler Road, Suite 1134
Miami, FL 33131-1205

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Robert Bernstein
Board Chair
Dr. Chad Bernstein
Michael Portuondo
Rand Weston
Jeff Diermeier
Thomas Vandenberk
H Jordan Weitz
Chad Turner
Scott Jacobson
Shed Boren


Dr. Chad Bernstein
CEO/Executive Director
Jono De Leon
Chief Operating Officer
Josh Flanders
Director of Development
Andrew DeMuro
Regional Director, Chicago
Walker Moseley
Regional Director, Miami
Adriana Olivia
Director of Communications


This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.