SWAN is a Lancaster-based music & support group for children affected by parental incarceration. The school-aged children in our music programs receive free music lessons, ensemble training, performance opportunities, and mentoring from local music teachers.

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Who We Serve

More than 81,000 children in Pennsylvania have a parent incarcerated in a state prison.

When a parent goes to prison, children may experience the trauma of separation, abandonment, homelessness, and continued or deepening poverty. This often results in behavioral issues and substandard academic performance.

We exist to support children affected by parental incarceration by cultivating their gifts and talents to succeed.


Why Music

An abundance of research underscores how music improves a student’s focus, sharpens their reasoning skills, and raises IQ (intelligence quotient). Music relieves stress, improves emotional awareness, and social skills.

How the SWAN Program Works

We currently serve students ages 5-17 in Lancaster & Red Lion, PA school districts.

Students receive lessons in school buildings, the Lancaster Youth Intervention Center, and via virtual lessons.

Weekly lessons are given in either private or group settings.

All lessons are led by qualified music instructors.

Instruments (new & used) are provided for our students by community members and donations.


When I play music by myself, it sounds cool but when I play with others, it sounds amazing!

Donny, SWAN Student

How To Donate

Your donation will place instruments in students’ hands and give them opportunities to learn and serve others by performing. Every bit helps. We appreciate your support!