“May none of our children ever call a prison cell home.” Diana Vuolo, Founder, Executive Director
There is a large sector of our society that is imprisoned yet without bars – the children of prison inmates!
1 in every 28 children in the United States has a parent in prison.
These children are 70% more likely than other children and youth to be involved in juvenile or adult corrections themselves.
Trauma, forced separation from a parent, economic, social and emotional burdens are thrust into children’s lives when a parent is incarcerated. They become vulnerable to a host of situations which can leave them devastated and more likely to follow in their parent’s footsteps.
SWAN mentors children who have a parent with a history of incarceration by providing the following:
- Private music lessons
- Ensemble training
- Performance opportunities
SWAN offers children help and hope by giving them skills to scale their walls a note at a time.
SWAN is currently operating in Austin, Texas and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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