Founded in 1998, Musicians for Education is a 911 call for teen mothers who have been abandoned, abused and nearly destroyed. Established on the belief that artistic public self-expression has the power to save lives, Musicians for Education began at “The Place” homeless outreach school (now called Monarch School). Today, our signature program, Street of Dreams, is an accredited high school-to-college bridge program for teen mothers who come from utter hopelessness, incarceration and foster care.
The program’s goal is to reduce the alarming rate of homelessness and juvenile incarceration by providing a high school and college education before students reach the age where they can be incarcerated in an adult prison. All students served by the program are wards of the court and are at-risk of becoming incarcerated, homeless and life-long welfare recipients.
In 2001, Street of Dreams formed a collaborative partnership with Lindsay Community Day School (court school) and San Diego City College. Street of Dreams is an arts education adjunct to the “Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Department” at San Diego City College and a fully-accredited primary prevention program. This program delivers standards-based academic elective credits enabling students to graduate high school and qualify to enroll in college. Lindsay Community Day School delivers social services and a high school diploma. San Diego City College delivers student support systems and a college education. Among its participating students, Street of Dreams consistently achieves a 100% program completion rate, a 100% high school graduation rate and a 100% college entry rate.