George and Robbie Hill, two concerned citizens, witnessed gang activities such as graffiti tagging in their community. The Hill’s had a strong desire to do something positive for the young men of the San Diego area. They decided it was time to do something that would make our community a better and safer environment. They knew the only way to make a difference and bring about change was to stop the gang activities before it begins.
The San Diego Young Artists Music Academy (SDYAMA) is a 501(c) (3) whose mission is to enhance the lives of youth through music education and performances as deterrents to the drugs, gangs and violence prevalent in their communities.
Our vision is to provide effective afterschool programs to our children and youth no matter their socioeconomic, racial, religious or cultural background with a chance to change the course of their lives through music and education. Giving them a wider access to a quality creative experience, which might otherwise not be available, can lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher - Japanese proverb