We provide guitars and lessons to foster children and at-risk youth in a classroom setting with qualified teachers as an alternative to violence.
Many of our students are the victims of abuse or neglect. We provide an environment where kids can feel safe, secure, and valued.
Our students walk away from our class with the knowledge they can accomplish challenging goals with some commitment and dedication.
Our class helps to fuel the creativity of our students allowing them to express their emotions in a positive and constructive way.
Yes, we teach guitar. But more than that we commit to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of our students.
Our mission is delivered by our passionate volunteers and generous donors. Get involved in this great organization today.
We can’t offer our program without support from people like you who want to help make our communities a little better. Please consider helping by making a contribution.
Whether or not you play guitar there is a great spot for you in our program. Simply contact us below to find a chapter near you where you can volunteer.
We'd really love to hear from you so why not drop us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Are you interested in volunteering? Check the list below to see if there is a chapter in an area near you. Don’t see a chapter near you and are interested in possibly starting one? Click here to contact us.
Director – Wilson Newell
Director – Reggie Pulliam
Director – Ryan Countrymen, 602-748-3611
Assistant Director – Melinda Frankel
Treasurer – Faydra Romero
Community Relations Director – Pablo Rodriguez
Board Member – Tammie Evans
Director – Andrea President, 510-556-4146
Assistant Director – Claytoven Richardson
Treasurer – Scott Marsh
Director – Barbara Gorin
Treasurer – Bruce Johnson
Secretary – Deborah McKim
VP, Instruction – Brooks Lundy
VP, Special Projects – Jay Kirkland
Los Angeles County Chapter Website
Director – NEEDED
Director – Steve Vagnini
Assistant Director – Todd Kruper
Treasurer – Deirdre Bascou
Assistant Director – Tim Hall
Director – Douglas Wile, 414-614-5752
Director – Mike Keller, 831-332-7614
Assistant Director – Bob Fisher
Treasurer – Joanie Fisher
Director – Patti Maxine
Director – Mike Smith, 831-902-8169
Director – TBA
Director – Caroline Aiken
Secretary/Treasurer – open
Board Member – Joshua Jordan
Director – Louise Nelson
Secretary – Mary Ellen Jones
Treasurer – Sharon Powell
Director – Bret Hoag
Director – Donna Hammond
Assistant Director – Nancy Johnstone
Treasurer – Tanya Adams
Marketing – Mindy Whitt
Director – Dan Dziuban
Director – Ryan Lunka, 614-623-9116
Director – Richard Salazar
Director – Zeve Cohen, 610-290-2330
Assistant Director – Mike Fioriglio, 610-751-5185
Treasurer – Ilan Cohen, 610-331-6869
Director – Douglas McConnell, 803-790-8155
Director – Lila Williams
Assistant Director – Randall Ramsay
Director – Chris Berry, 214-558-4263
Director – Tim Wong
Assistant Director- Gary Gill
Treasurer – Derek Backholm
Student Outreach – Jack Ballard
Director – Shaady Fakhrai
Director – Michelle Diaz, 416-562-9758
Director of Program Development and Social Media – Chris McCague
Board Member & Legal Counsel – Glenn Stephens
VP Communications – CC Godawa
Fundraising Director – Leslie Shoichet
You can help Guitars not Guns expand its music programs to reach even more kids in need. Any financial contribution is very much needed and greatly appreciated! Consider the following…
1) Our program is about helping foster children and at-risk youth everywhere
2) Guitars not Guns has no paid employees–we’re all volunteers. Virtually every dollar of your donation goes toward running the program, not paying salaries.
3) The average cost for holding an eight-week class for 10 students is about $1,000. That includes the following:
To make a donation to our Canadian chapter, please email president Michelle Diaz via this button. The Canadian chapter is a registered charity with Canada and donations are eligible for tax credits.
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