Coachart Org

Rating: 5 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health

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
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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6 people found this review helpful

Working with CoachArt is an experience like no other. As a volunteer, I received the opportunity to teach an underprivileged young boy about the art of filmmaking. Just seeing his focus as I was explaining what different camera angles are was quite an inspiration to me. I would absolutely love to work with CoachArt at any time during the future.

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

watching how the children can repeat things that they have learned while I volunteer to teach them.

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

Do more events at minority based venues.

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

The respect from all of the staff members and the willingness to learn from all of the children.

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

awesome. Everyone is trying to accomplish the same goals so it make my job easier when I have total support.

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

Expand to the four corners of the United States and even reach out overseas. More money means more facilities, more equipment, more people and more results.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to show my student different places around the great city of Los Angeles.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

its non exposure to ethnic ideals.

One thing I'd also say is that...

teaching does not always have to be about arts and sports but it should sometimes include learning about our fellow human beings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

All organizations do great things, but CoachArt goes above and beyond. I've personally seen what great it does by volunteering in the office as well as have a sibling that was serviced by this great non-profit. The employees and volunteers really care about what they're doing which shows through their hard work and the patients, siblings, and families that are serviced by them.

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

My brother was a student of CoachArt in the start of the non-profit for about three or four years. He received free art lessons which were a great distraction from his life full of doctor and hospital visits.

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

No changes necessary; the staff and organization are doing great!

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

seeing the reactions of the kids and families that benefit from this great cause.

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

excellent. They devote all their free time to the organization and are always there supporting it.

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

service so many more families than it already is. Kids across the country could have that one hour lesson a week which would give them a break from their doctor and hospital visit-filled lives.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was great, no complaints!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the current economic condition. With people being laid off from jobs there are tons of non-profits just like CoachArt that won't receive as much donations as they could be.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Considering the economy's condition, this organization is doing a great job!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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