Beyond the Bars is a music and career planning program dedicated to interrupting the cycles of violence and incarceration in Philadelphia. They work with youth ranging from middle to high school who have been impacted by violence to help them realize the talented musicians and leaders that they are.  Beyond the Bars work to combat problems facing our community such as divestment, mass incarceration and the impacts of trauma by working to build safe and accessible music programs throughout our neighborhoods where students can learn to be songwriters and express their emotions. They offer programs at every phase of the school to prison pipeline by offering: community-based programs, diversion programs, and programs for youth who are currently incarcerated.