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January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

I was involved with Create Now for many years and the work they do in really reaching the most troubled youth is not only amazing but necessary. I have worked with many children's non-profits and I have never seen anyone as dedicated or passionate about helping the most vulnerable youth as Jill. The arts programs - whether its art, music, performing arts, or creative writing - has transformed these kids - I've seen it first hands. Kids on drugs, in jail, homeless, you name it, have turned their lives around because of Create Now!

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

many ways. I've personally met many of the youth who told me they were given a second chance through Create Now. Who felt pride for the first time in their lives when their art work was displayed or they got to sing in front of a group of their peers.

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

give them more funding so they could help more kids. There are thousands upon thousands of youth who need a creative outlet as a way to work through their challenges - the work that Create Now is doing is just a drop in the bucket of what they could do and the amount of kids they could impact.

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

Create Now placed me and 2 other volunteers at a Domestic Violence shelter to do art projects with the children. Jill listened to what I wanted to do, and found the perfect match. She also followed up with me regularly, and provided necessary materials for the projects. It was a fantastic experience that I hold dear to my heart.

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Oftem times, the children would walk into the classroom sad and despondent. Within a short period of time, most of the kids were smiling and laughing as they were creating their projects. Seeing their happiness touched me deeply.

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If I could change anything, I would give Jill more resources. She works extremely hard to keep the organization afloat. Unfortunately there isn't enough of her to go around, and I think some of the programs could run a tad bit smoother if she had more help.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

I am a weekly volunteer at the Los Angeles Youth Network and I believe that this is the most wonderful experience that I could have been afforded. Jill Gurr cares about and helps children in all facets of their lives and I am glad to be a part of it.

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Every aspect possible.

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

I wouldn't.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

I was a weekly volunteer as a creative writing and comedy performance instructor for a group of teenage girls living in a foster care home environment.

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Jill and the members of Create Now are caring, thoughtful and talented people who seek sharing the benefits of their success with those less fortunate. I very much enjoyed my months as a volunteer.

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Given additional funding, I believe Create Now should expand its outreach to the Hollywood creative community through advertising, publicity and promotion. Of course, these efforts would require money.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

The Los Angeles Youth Network has three shelters in Hollywood serving homelesss youth (12-17). We are licensed for 48 beds and serve about 1,500 youth per year. Our programs include an enrichment component and Create Now has been an incrediable resource for helping us find volunmteers who will donate their time and skills that help us introduce our youth the various elements of society.

Creat Now also introduces us to local cultural and arts programs that are available either for free or at a greatly reduced price.

WE LOVE CREATE NOW

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

My job as Volunteer Coordinator at the Los Angeles Youth Network.

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I HAVE NO SUGGESTIONS THAT WOULD FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

I've worked with Create Now on two large mural projects over the last few years. The owner/founder, Jill, is excellent at putting these large projects together, getting all the right people in place and marketing the events, making these very special experiences for the kids that participated. By the am there and ready to work with the kids all the paperwork and "behind the scenes" work is done and I can just work effortlessly with the kids. Jill is very hands on with everyone and it is really amazing to watch her in action. She really wants to get everyone involved. I am very proud that of all the work I've been able to be a part of I was able to work with Jill and the Create Now team.

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

the two projects we completed and how happy and excited everyone was when we had finished

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

see that they had a larger operating fund to draw from. IF they had a little more capital they could more than double their outreach

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

Hands down this is the most sincere and dedicated organization I have had the pleasure of working with. My introduction to Create Now began in 1997 when I was in a youth detention facility and attended one of their writing workshops. The volunteer mentor for Create now was so inspired by our work and efforts that she arranged for all the participating youths in the facility to turn our work into a script for a popular TV show "That 70 Show". Not only did we perform for the whole facility but also had the pleasure of performing for the directors, creators, and cast members of the hit show even after we doubted that they would come since we were troubled youths!! Because of Create Now's efforts that day to make the youths that performed feel like ANYTHING was possible and no matter where we all came from or what we have done in the past to get us in that facility we to are important and can love what we do no matter which form of art we choose to express ourselves with. Due to Create Now's dedication and sincere concern in my future I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity of pursuing an acting career that has been supported by Create Now's mentors who have assisted me with headshots and acting workshops. This dedication has led to the most important thing that any organization can give a child and that is self worth and confidence to achieve your goals. I will always be grateful for Create Now.

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

My personal and professional life by having the confidence and support to follow my dreams.

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

Meeting many people from the entertainment industry that have made it easier to pursue an acting career.

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

Sincere and passionately involved with their efforts to make a change.

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

Expand its reach and change the lives of many more children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 22, 2010

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September 22, 2010

Angel's Flight is a 16 bed, 2 week program for at-risk youth ages 10 - 17. We are a part of Catholic Charitites and our comprehensive services of counseling, case management, education and much more are free to all youth in the Greater Los Angeles area. We operate primarily from donations. Create Now! has enriched our program with exposure to many avenues of learning. We have received donated educational materials, tickets to cultural events, resources for the varied needs of our youth and support in our efforts to help our clients not become another statistic. Our program is so much richer for having a relationship with Create Now! which, in itself, is a world-wide effort towards helping not just youth but whole communities towards a better and more fulfilling life.

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

seeing lives turned around and witness to our youth becoming caring and productive members of society who have wanted to give back for what they have been given and how they have received support and guidance in a very loving and positive way.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 19, 2010

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September 19, 2010

Create Now has had a significant impact on the lives of all those involved in receiving, providing and administering services. I am encouraged by the direction of the organization and the continued benefits that CN's services will bring.

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

seeing the smiles and enjoyment that Create Now's services bring to at-risk youth as well as the reward that each volunteer receive as a result of their efforts

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 18, 2010

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September 18, 2010

Volunteering for Create Now and more specifically for Camp Scott was a very enlightening experience. The need is great for this demographic; I am happy that Create Now had the vision to provide educational programs for these young girls. My hope is that more funding be made available or granted to the organization so that more of our disenfranchised youth can benefit from the gifts each special volunteer has to offer them. Thank you Jill, for your persistence and your vision.

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

two communication dimensions: personal and interpersonal. I learned first-hand how my personal leadership and communication styles shape the environment of those around me. Create Now taught me how to favorably impact these fragile girls.

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

place a larger focus on hiring grant writers who have the expertise to expand Create Now's reach by bringing in more financial support.

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

being provided the opportunity to positively affect someone's life.

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

Compassionate, professional, and willing to help.

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

touch ten million more lives!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and the nonprofit had more funding.

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

funding, that is, from my narrow exposure and perspective.

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

I commend Jill Gurr for her desire to make a change and for her dedication to ensure that the Create Now volunteers are prepared to make her vision happen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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