Organizational History

Guitars Over Guns Organization began as an informal volunteer music mentoring project led by Dr. Chad Bernstein with youth from underserved neighborhoods in Miami. Upon seeing the popularity of the music sessions and the overall achievements of the students, Chad decided to formalize and offer the program in local schools.

In collaboration with Communities In Schools Miami, the first official Guitars Over Guns program began at North Miami Middle School in 2008. Over the past eight years, the program has grown to offer music and mentoring at seven schools and various community centers in both Miami and Chicago. Additionally, Guitars Over Guns now offers a more expanded curriculum that includes dance, visual arts, and an annual summer camp.

With the support of an active board of directors and loyal advocates across the world, Guitars Over Guns is ready to empower and inspire students everywhere to “Choose Your Sound.”