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April 23, 2011

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April 23, 2011

I have taught one standup comedy class for Create Now and it was a wonderful experience. Create Now gives at-risk youth the chance to reach artistic potential that they did not know they had. The organization provides youth the opportunity to access skills and creative talents that can increase their resiliency and change their life course.

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Many way.

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

Create more opportunity for organizations to connect with Create Now.

April 23, 2011

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April 23, 2011

Create Now's organization is beyond hands on and inspiring! They make sure that everything and anything that can be done for these kids are done with flying colors! The love and passion is evident! I have volunteered in one of The Transitional Living Homes and they provided such support :) The kids were thrilled and were so empowered! A beautiful thing and a beautiful Non-Profit!

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

When I saw the proud faces of 19 homeless kids and their families before, during, and after their Transformers Talent Show in North Hollywood. Truly amazing to see these kids show off their talents and all their hard work!

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

do nothing! It's the best!!!

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011

Create Now is such an amazing organization that is changing the lives of so many people. I have been working on their database for several months now, so I am not in direct contact with the kids, but it's not hard for me to see that Jill and the mentors are very dedicated in helping the kids that are going through hard times. I'm sure that they will all remember the wonderful experiences that they have had with Create Now. It is truly an honor to be able to work with this organization.

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

Hearing the rewarding experiences that both the kids and mentors have.

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

Nothing needs to be changed, this organization is great!

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

I've been maintaining Create Now's web site since 2006. As a graphic designer and a singer, I know how arts can inspire and bring out the best in everyone, old or young. I've seen it change lives in both small and large ways, and nobody facilitates this better in the lives of at-risk young people than Create Now. It's a privilege to be part of this dynamic, life-affirming group of people.

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

the knowledge that the work I do gets the word out, bringing in the support needed for staff, volunteers, mentors, and kids to get the most out of their experiences. I see this every time I attend an event or hear about the latest workshop or outing.

Ways to make it better...

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

...want to see a more effective marketing program established to raise public awareness of the existence of Create Now in order to bring in ongoing funding to increase and maintain the myriad workshops, outings, and one-on-one mentoring opportunities provided to at-risk kids.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Even though I don't work directly with the kids, what I do helps get the word out about Create Now, and that makes me feel amazingly useful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 23, 2011

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January 23, 2011

Working with at-risk or high-risk youths and sharing creative time with them. I am honored that these kids allow me to share this fragile time of their lives with them. I have so many good memories about being creative and if what we are creating with these kids can be positive memories for them, I would happy to have been a part of that experience. The kids deserve this and so much more. The energy, creativity and curiosity they bring each week and is amazing!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in many workshops. The kids help me to think outside the box and have fun at the same time.

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

None that I can think of.

January 22, 2011

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January 22, 2011

CREATE NOW is such a valuable resource for both the volunteers who bring their own experience to the youth, and for the youth who experience the give and take of shared creativity, teaching, arts programs, and the discovery of their own talents. I've watched this organization grow from the very beginning, have given presentations for the events, and attended many of the arts events opened to the youth - music, theatre, and other performance arts. It is always amazing to watch the young people and see their eyes light up, their enthusiasms be raised, and their imaginations sparked by their exposure to talented professionals. Even more rewarding is to watch the kids themselves perform their own creative works. Mentoring really does make a difference! The dedication and hard work of the staff and volunteers of Create Now is to be highly commended. It would be great to see them have even more resources to strengthen and expand their current programs.

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

Watching the instant positive results when young people are exposed to fine music, drama, dance, writing, and other performance arts.

Ways to make it better...

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

Bring in more funding and more support staff to better facilitate all the fine work they are already doing.

January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

It’s been said that when you become a mentor, you are the person who gets the most out of it. It’s true. My time with Create Now and meeting Jill Gurr turned out to be quite beneficial to me. I am the first generation of an openly out of the closet homosexual, and it was important for me to find a group of young GLBT members because I thought that maybe I could be a positive influence to them. Well, the irony to that wish is that they taught me to be more comfortable in my own skin. Of course I taught them the craft of screenwriting, or the basics of how to tell a story, but because we got to share our stories and ideas we discovered our own voice and ways to express these ideas. It was a powerful lesson which also included a lot of fun.

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

Positive memories and hopefully I was able to make a difference in one of my student's lives.

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

I would try to find more ways to let others know Creat Now exists!

January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

As a graduate student I had the opportunity to work with Jill and Laura at Create Now to create a showcase event for the talented kids that Create Now works with. It was one of the most heartwrenching, amazing experiences of my life. The work that Create Now does to give these kids a voice in creative expression, especially given the fact that the kids would normally not have these chances due to their circumstances, is absolutely amazing.

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

watching the children perform and seeing how they opened up to each other and made connections throughout the event.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more resources. It takes a lot of time, energy and financial support to keep nonprofit organizations afloat and they need all the help they can get.

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

Create Now is an oasis for the willing volunteer. I first worked with Create Now in 2005 and have always been extremely impressed with the dedication and passion of the organization. Jill Gurr is tireless in placing volunteers in situations where both they and their groups can thrive and grow through creative interaction. A bright gem in the crown of Los Angeles.

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

When you see the growing spark of trust in a young person's eyes when they realize that they have a creative voice and an outlet to safely express it within.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have them win the Lottery so they could grow and continue to thrive.

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

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

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.

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