Create Now, Inc.

Rating: 4.87 stars   94 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 1611 S. Hope Street # E Los Angeles CA 90015 USA

Mission: Create Now is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that transforms the lives of youth in need through arts mentoring and experiences.
Results: Create Now has reached over 30,000 of the most troubled youth in Southern California during the last 17 years.
Target demographics: We serve vulnerable kids ages 2-21 who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, are left homeless, runaways, teen parents, substance abusers, victims of domestic violence, children of prisoners, gang members or incarcerated. These forgotten children have fallen through the cracks of the system. They live in emergency shelters, rehab centers, detention camps and foster group homes, under the radar of the public eye.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 3,000 of the neediest youth in the region
Geographic areas served: All of Southern California - Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego, Santa Barbara
Programs: Music, Visual Arts, Writing, Performing Arts, Cultural Excursions (Artistic Journeys)
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Create Now is one of LA's premiere non-profits helping children in need. This organization has done tremendous work over the years it has been operating and we've been honored to be a part of a few of their excellent initiatives. Executive Director and Founder, Jill Gurr, is one of the most dedicated visionaries I've met and extremely passionate about serving the mission of the organization. We run another LA-based 501(c)3 called the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity and have collaborated with Create Now on projects. In 2013, we awarded Jill and two other colleagues the FutureVision Award which recognizes artists and content creators using the arts and media to create a better future.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Super Happy with the Support & Love that has been shown and displayed with the Create Now Organization Staff. I came to this organization with just an idea and we were able to make my Idea an Actual REALITY.

This was truly exciting and I'm happy to go forth with Create Now In the near future.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at an Open House for Create Now and can honestly say this organization is filled with some of the most refreshing, welcoming, and genuine people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. From the directors, to the mentors, to the volunteers and most importantly, the kids, this organization truly shows what it means to come together as a community and make a difference.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen the children open up through the medium of art, wether it was acting, creating videos, learning how to play the drums or doing arts and crafts. This creative and fun environment allows the kids to put down their defense walls and feel comfortable with the Mentors. Something as simple as arts and crafts creates an enviormnet for these kids to express themselves without judement. 17 year old boys opend up to me about having children or when their parents were encarsirated. I never asked, they just told me and it was because they felt comfortable with me via the bond we had thorugh art. Create Now is truly a special program offering underprivalged youth the oppurtunity to create, express and open up on their own terms. It is very special and I hope to spread this across the Greater Los Angeles Area.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with people as passionate as the ones I met at CreateNow it's plain to see why the kids who came out were so engaged and thrilled. People here generally care and the facilities are not only great, but they have the kind of equipment that will help these kids achieve their dreams. I would volunteer here again, without a doubt!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've only helped briefly at Create Now, but already I can sense how incredible an environment it is. I helped at an open house- a hub for people to come in and make art, regardless of background. The people that came during the day that I volunteered left with smiles on their faces. Some asked whether or not they could pursue additional lessons in arts they had only just started that day, and others were thrilled to be there- you could tell that passion for art had been instilled in them, and they seemed extremely appreciative of the experience. Overall, I think this is an incredible charity and organization and I look forward to helping in the future.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi my name is Guardian Barnes and I'm in foster care I had it rough for example I've been raped and beaten up by a lot of people.but over the years I learned that you have too trust in yourself, reason why i say that is because when I was younger I blamed everything on me and later on in life I realized that it's not my fault it's the other people's fault

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered at two Create Now events in the last few months, one Fashion workshop at the LA Housing Center and one Video Development at their open house. Both events were fantastic.

The kids, boys and girls alike, visibility enjoyed the safe place and opportunity to express themselves creatively, some for the first time. Some of them had profound experiences. One foster teen participant said we had made her dream come true! These foster and homeless kids crave for an opportunity to be and express themselves and Create Now provides a place to do it.

What impressed me as well was the quality of the programs offered and the knowledgable and dedicated staff and mentors.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first worked with Create Now when we were looking for a worthy organization to benefit from an Art Show that we were organizing as a tribute to my friend, Melissa Rourke who died of cancer in 2012. She was an artist who always dreamed of making a difference in the world, and when I found Create Now I was ecstatic to find an organization that provides arts mentoring, education and support to the very children that Melissa always wanted to help. Jill, Linda, and the rest of the Create Now team were very helpful in giving us ideas to make the art show more successful and help create more awareness about the needs of these children. I had such a positive experience that I have continued to stay in touch and volunteer in other ways I can with the organization.

 
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