Founded in 1887, the San Diego Center for Children (SDCC) is San Diego’s oldest accredited non-profit organization. Today, SDCC has become a leader in providing mental health services to children and families within our community. We offer a variety of programs for children facing behavioral, emotional, social, and educational challenges.
In 2017, Music Program Director Sundiata Kata celebrated his 48th year at the center.: “For me over the past 48 years and who’s counting, I’m very proud and honored that my love of music has allowed me the opportunity to create music programs that promote Healing and Wellness for everyone.” This professional musician has taught dozens of classes on singing, drumming, even the ukulele. For his students, Kata insists, music is no frill: “It’s a way for these kids to communicate.”
The magic and power of music is changing the lives of children at the San Diego Center for Children. Their Performing Arts Program is restoring trust and hope in children who have suffered abuse, trauma, or have severe developmental behavioral problems. Through music, the children are coping with their pain and aggressions.
Their hands-on Music Program, with Director, Sundiata Kata and his staff, offer multiple opportunities for children and adolescents to get involved in a positive musical experience of health and wellness.