Progressions is an intensive youth development program that is all about changing lives by helping low-income, at-risk youth in our community identify, cultivate and celebrate their gifts through music education and performance.

An evidence-based program, Progressions uses music to connect with students, challenge them with a rigorous music education, help them build a pro-social community, and stay with them until they graduate from high school. The program’s mission is to help keep participants in school, out of gangs, and on the road to becoming better students and contributing citizens. This year alone, we will reach almost 1,000 students.

Today, Progressions offers music education, homework support, life and social-emotional skills, nutrition, and recreational programming to Franklin-McKinley School District students grades 2-8 at five school sites (Santee Elementary, Jeanne R. Meadows Elementary, Robert F. Kennedy Elementary, Stonegate Elementary and Bridges Academy). Our year-round programming is staffed by committed, caring adults who prepare students to succeed in school, career and life.

Progressions is the only youth music program funded by the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (SJZ evaluation report here).