COACHART ORG

Rating: 5 stars   23 reviews

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Location: 3303 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 1200 Los Angeles CA 90010 USA

Mission: CoachArt was founded by Zander Lurie in memory of his father, Dr. Arthur "Art" Lurie, who passed away in 1996 after a 6-year battle with multiple myeloma. Dr. Lurie, a cardiac surgeon, devoted his life to the healing and wellness of his patients, and loved teaching and mentoring kids. CoachArt lessons are completely free of charge to the children and their families. Due to the physical, emotional and financial burdens that these families endure, CoachArt is providing a service that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Our programs are about normalcy, giving these children a place where no one focuses on their illness ? where they are just normal kids learning about their favorite pastime. In this creative learning environment, they are able to regain self-esteem, social skills and independence that is lost while battling chronic illness.
Target demographics: children with chronic illness and their siblings
Direct beneficiaries per year: students by providing nearly 20,000 hours of lessons.
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles and the Bay Area
Programs: arts and athletics
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our family has been involved with Coachart for three years now. They have been absolutely wonderful to my son, Grayson. He has been taking golf lessons and been able to get out and be independent when he is feeling up to it. When he is not feeling good and is having tough times everyone is always around to support him through that as well.
The best part of Coachart is almost everyone involved volunteers their time, so you know their hearts are in the right place.
Coachart is not just an organization, it is now part of our family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to see and experience first hand what a positive impact people reaching out to us during difficult times has made.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more people to donate their time, services and whatever contributions they can make so that more kids like Grayson can be part of the Coachart Family!

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Rating: 5 stars  

CoachArt has made it incredibly easy for busy people to find time to become a mentor, teacher and comrade to kids of all ages who are eager to learn something new and make a new friend.

It's not easy to find large chunks of time on the weekends or during the work week to volunteer my time at most organizations, but CoachArt lets me put together my own lesson plan, set up my own schedule with the family with which I'm "matched," and the rest is up to me!

It also is wonderful to express and use talents and skills that I have since had to put on the back burner (painting, collaging, music) and pass it on to a kid who might not ever have had the opportunity to learn it otherwise. Even with some of the kids who are shy or take a bit more time/effort to open up, watching them change week to week makes me feel like I've really done something special for his or her life, and will always be remembered for it.

And possibly the best part: During each session, my "student" has the chance to hang out, chat, paint, draw and learn without any reference or thought toward his or her illness. There's no discussion of it, no incessant "are you OK?" questions, and certainly no opportunity to feel bummed out even for a second. The kids get to feel regular and "normal" and take a break from their everyday lives, and I imagine it's a powerful breath of fresh air for them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see all of the lives CoachArt has touched at the various gatherings, art shows and other events it hosts. Many of the volunteers maintain their friendships with the kids and their parents for years after their teaching session ended, and some of them continue on with the same student every semester! These kids build confidence in themselves as well as the new skill they've learned and it most definitely has a positive effect on the growth process, especially during adolescence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd suggest more group events similar to some they've done in the past, such as pillow-making at a local craft store, but I believe they're ramping that up after this summer's Camp CoachArt is complete.

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7 people found this review helpful

I have been working with CoachArt for the past few months and have really gotten to understand how they operate and why they do what they do. I have come to see the passion that the staff at CoachArt have in making a significant difference in childrens lives and can see how dramatic the impact is to the kids and families that need help. I do my best to donate time to help such a worthwhile cause.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Compassion and passion.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Coach Art is a great organization. I was most interested in participating in the one-on-one coaching sessions. The matching process is difficult, but the staff is flexible and worked with me to make it happen. The girl I am paired with for 10 consecutive weekly photography lessons is great. She was shy at first, but has really come out of her shell during our time together. This is a great organization with real ties to the community. I am proud to be a Coach Art volunteer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the one-on-one classes with my mentee. She isn't able to attend school this year and our weekly photography sessions are something she can really look forward to.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

CoachArt helps thousands of children each year by simply giving them a chance to be children. Diseases such as cancer not only hurt the child physically, it interferes with their ability to go to school, enjoy every day activities, and have fun with kids their own age. The volunteers at CoachArt aren't teachers or nurses, but caring young people who just want kids to be kids. My girlfriend and I have been volunteering for six months, and have truly enjoyed teaching photography, trying arts and crafts, but above all just making them laugh!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Teaching arts and crafts at hospitals around the Torrance and Long Beach areas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Coach Art has been an invaluable resource for chronic and terminally ill children to learn and experience the healing, therapeutic, and inspiring of art. Through their programs with the students, there's always alot of great energy that is produced that is never shared with the public. For this reason, I decided to host an annual art exhibition focusing on the students and the results of their lessons with their coaches. It is an opportunity for students to look forward and see the impact that they can have on the world through the practice of making art...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By seeing the enjoyment that the kids get in showing their artwork, I can only imagine how much fun they have making it with their coaches. If children smiling indicate results, then this organization is getting some very serious results!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their ability to work with children of all types. They cater to all types of sick kids, and they make sure the kids are doing what they choose to do, not just enrolling in one of a few classes... It's a comprehensive opportunity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very nice, caring, and committed to the health and well being of the children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand into children's hospitals and out patient classes around the country. Right now they are only in So. Cal. but the vision of the organization speaks to the universal human need for Art.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to CoachArt last year after accepting an invitation to their fundraiser event. I’ve always had a soft spot for children and any organization that assists in the creative and intellectual development of children gets an A+ in my book. Children ARE our future and how we nourish them today is a reflection of how successful and bright our tomorrow will be. I salute CoachArt because they believe this and realize that ALL children are included in this statement. With the help of their amazing volunteers, CoachArt offers free lessons in art and athletics to children with critical illness AND their siblings. I can’t imagine what the families must endure having to care and provide for a child with a critical illness but I know that with the help of CoachArt some of their stresses are alleviated. I had the honor videotaping and seeing CoachArt in action when the children were matched with a local baker. The children were given the task of making cookies and pies from scratch and boy did they succeed! The volunteers were great with the children and the children loved every minute of it; from mixing the ingredients, to placing the dough in the oven to decorating the final products. After witnessing all of the smiles and laughter around the room, you couldn’t help but to erase any since of unhappiness or stress. At that point I think we all had the care-free spirit of a 5 year old! There are many occasions where we can read an organizations mission statement but seeing it in action is another story! CoachArt is an amazing organization and I wholeheartedly believe in their vision because I’ve seen it in action.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I had the honor videotaping and seeing CoachArt in action when the children were matched with a local baker. The volunteers were great with the children and the children loved every minute of it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I attended a fundraising event that CoachArt held at USC's African American museum. It was a great event. I met inspiring people who are truly passionate about their involvement in CoachArt and even made me interested in becoming involved. The event was also very modern and well thought out. It was refreshing to see a philanthropic organization be so hip.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am more aware of how CoachArt plays a large role in the Los Angeles community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I've been with coach art about a year and its been an amazing experience! You can get involved as much or little as you want. I signed up and didn't really know what I was getting into. I didn't think I had the skills it took to be a coach so started with the in hospital workshops. After a few months the girls called me and asked if I'd be willing to teach art to a 5year old girl...ART! hmmm I am no artists, the girls at Coach Art assured me I was capable...so I did it. It was AWESOME! Not only did I show up the first day and this little 5 Year old was sooooo excited to see me she had an entire wall of art to show me. She was an artist and I knew I was going to learn a thing or two from her. We started with the colors of the rainbow and moved onto self portraits in the later weeks. We learned from each other every week and grew together as artist. It was special and honestly I couldn't have asked for a better match...so don't be shy if you aren't a professional at the specific subject the child wants to learn, just you being there and having fun makes a difference. ---britt

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personal experience as a volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to CoachArt by a friend, Jennifer Lafferty, while she was curating an art show for some of the coaches & students. I decided to help out a bit, and during that process I was introduced to all that CoachArt was about My friend is clearly very passionate about the organization (she now works for them) but I had yet to formulate an opinion, I was simply helping a friend out at that point. However, after learning more about CoachArt and what they do, and also meeting different coaches and, of course, the kids that are being helped out through CoachArt (via the art show) I was hooked. What they do is so important to these children and their families. CoachArt not only brings smiles and happiness into their lives when there isn't much to smile about, but they are also giving them confidence to go out and do what they want. Since I am a business owner, my own time is limited and I haven't gotten a chance to volunteer, but my company has donated items for raffles and help out whenever we can. This is a wonderful and growing organization that touches so many, I am grateful to be a part of it, even if it isn't a large a part as I would like.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended the curated art show (showing both coach and student art). The students were so excited about showing their art. This kind of attention is very important in giving these children self worth and confidence. Nothing but happy faces that night!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

amazing and caring staff, the grassroots efforts and the end result with the children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create community centers to include more people and projects. also create centers in childrens hospitals to meet the needs of hospital bound children with permanent staff....

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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