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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As Executive Director of another organization, I came to know CoachArt through their volunteers who came to help our organization with an event. The folks at CoachArt are warm and welcoming with a passion for giving back and making a difference in the lives of others. The programs they offer children with chronic illness impact those they serve in the most meaningful of ways. Whether in-home or in-hospital, the CoachArt mentors give the children they work with a sense of self and a sense of control when their disease tries to take control away on a daily basis.

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

One of their participants, a teenager battling a brain tumor said, "CoachArt lessons have improved my self-confidence. What I do in my lessons is one of the only things I have control over."

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

find them more donors to be able to expand their programs and the number of children they're able to help.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

CoachArt sees past the diagnosis to see a child just wanting to be a child. The motto for their summer program sums it all up... the summer program is giving "permission to play."

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CoachArt is a perfect blend of my passion for art and my desire to help patients with chronic illnesses - I started as a volunteer in October 2010 because I truly believed in their mission to improve lives by engaging the community and taking a holistic approach. The organization recognizes the importance of the arts and athletics as a means for the chronically ill youth to take their mind off of their debilitating illness. I was lucky enough to witness some of the activities we introduced the kids to turned into real passions and some mentor-youth relationships deepen over the years. The gratitude in the CoachArt parents' eyes and the kids' excitement confirmed that this was a meaningful way to improve the lives of these families. Yet the CoachArt families are not the only ones benefiting from this organization: the mentors unanimously report that their time mentoring CoachArt youth has been rewarding, eye-opening, and extremely special. What a wonderful organization that benefits every individual involved!

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

As a volunteer, mentor, event planner, and mentor-youth coordinator, I've been able to see how CoachArt affects each and every member of its community. I've mentored three young children in painting, organized clinics and classes for kids in disadvantaged areas, brainstormed with volunteered for new classes, and helped organize our very first summer camp! CoachArt is ever-changing but the core mission to improve the lives of chronically ill children never changes.

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

I would make the organization national. There are so many children around the country that need the support and help the way CoachArt provides it.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CoachArt truly helps to build communities of care! I really believe that everyone involved can feel this- it results in people taking action and doing something positive in the community to benefit a child with an illness.

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

witnessing the benefits of CoachArt and how it inspires people.

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

make it larger- turn it into a big center with both sports and arts facilities. This way, more people can get involved and interact.

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