Youth Development

Musicians for Education Inc (dba Street of Dreams)

  • San Diego, CA
  • http://www.musiciansforeducation.org

Mission Statement

""Musicians for Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of artists and community members dedicated to providing creative and educational support to teen mothers in urban San Diego who are at the highest risk of entering prison due to the generational effects of drug addiction, alcoholism and poverty.""

Main Programs

  1. Street of Dreams

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Service Areas

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California

The geographic communities include Sherman Heights, Paradise Hills, Logan Heights, Barrio Logan, Emerald Hills and City Heights.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 1998

Self-reported

Ms. Teresa Gunn

Keywords

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arts education, music, youth, at-risk, girls

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Also Known As

Street of Dreams

EIN

33-0936491

 Number

7579983787

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

orming Arts (Aer)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Top Four Accomplishments1) 100% of teen mothers enrolled in the Street of Dreams program completed the program 2) 100% of teen mothers enrolled in the Street of Dreams program stayed in high school 3) 100% of teen mothers enrolled in the Street of Dreams program graduated from high school4) 100% of teen mothers enrolled in the Street of Dreams program entered college Top Goals for Current Year1) Provide opportunities for teen mothers to increase likelihood of program completion, graduation from high school and attendance in college (two-year or vocational degree)2) Positively impact the effects of generational drug abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence and poverty among enrolled teen mothers3) Increase awareness that a college education is available and attainable among enrolled teen mothers4) Improve self-esteem and self-awareness among enrolled teen mothers toward a life of self-sufficiency5) Reduce levels of drug/alcohol abuse and domestic violence among enrolled teen mothers

Programs

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Program 1

Street of Dreams

Street of Dreams is an arts education/college bridge program for teen mothers who are at high risk of becoming homeless and/or entering prison. Using a simple method called ""word art,"" the creative process is used as a healing mechanism. Our students are guided to view their difficult pasts as their greatest artistic asset. They become ""artists of their own lives"". They begin to transform feelings of hopelessness into art works and public performance. The performance provides a forum for teen mothers who have been without a voice. Their original creations (book of poetry, music video, public performance) provide a profound emotional, informative and cathartic experience for our participants and their audience. This process is essential to the healthy development of our young mothers who have been isolated from normal social interaction. A dead end becomes a Street of Dreams.The program provides: 1) academic elective credits needed to graduate high school and qualify to enter college, 2) a comprehensive introduction to college life and 3) a peer mentor teaching staff comprised of former Street of Dreams teen mothers who are now college graduates. Operating year-round, Street of Dreams classes are held at Lindsay Community Day School and San Diego City College for 100 girls between 13 and 18. Weekly three-hour workshops are taught by many of San Diego's most well-known artists. Workshops include public performance, video production, photography and film making, however, the real focus is on literacy, and the major portion of the classes is spent on creative writing.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$79,575.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The geographic communities include Sherman Heights, Paradise Hills, Logan Heights, Barrio Logan, Emerald Hills and City Heights.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Artistic stipends: $5,000Student artist stipends: $7,000Outreach to juvenile lockup facilities: $2,500Curriculum materials and classroom supplies: $2,400Music production costs: $1,500

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Operations

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Musicians for Education Inc (dba Street of Dreams)

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Teresa Gunn

BIO

The founder of Musicians for Education, Teresa Gunn, possesses over three decades of experience as a professional musician, singer, songwriter, poet and performer and has directed Street of Dreams since 1998, working to help turn the lives around of teen mothers who have been abandoned, abused and nearly destroyed. As a professional singer, she was nominated twice as the best rock 'n' roll singer in Washington, D.C. She founded Musicians for Educations and the Street of Dreams program in 1998 after volunteering at ""The Place"" (now called Monarch School), a homeless outreach school where she taught a one-hour weekly songwriting workshop as an elective. Her skills for working with young people are proven in the organization's successful outcomes.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The U.S. has the highest prison population in its history. The fastest-growing segment of this prison population is young women. At Street of Dreams, we are not willing to put another generation of young people in prison because we lack the imagination to produce a creative solution. The solution is education and community collaboration. Street of Dreams is part of the solution. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Marcia Hansen

Motivate

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2013

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