Former President Obama surprises Chicago musicians, grant recipients

Obama in Chicago to get first-hand look at how music mentorship program working in Bronzeville

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Former President Obama surprises Chicago musicians, grant recipients
Former President Barack Obama surprised Bronzeville musicians with Guitars Over Guns and My Brother's Keeper Alliance grant recipients Tuesday.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- There was a big moment for some young Chicago musicians Tuesday afternoon as former President Barack Obama was a surprise sit-in guest during their music session.

The organization "Guitars Over Guns" is a $15,000 grant recipient of the president's "My Brother's Keeper Alliance."

And, on Tuesday, he got a first-hand look at how the music mentorship program is working in Bronzeville.

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Launched in 2008, Guitars Over Guns now operates in Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles and has served more than 8,000 students over the past 14 years.

It began as an informal music mentoring project serving youth from under-resourced neighborhoods. Since then, the program has grown to offer no-cost music instruction, mentorship, academic support and mental health programming to young people across the country.