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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Youth Development

Mission: Create Now is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps youth find their voices through arts mentoring and education.

Results: Create Now has reached over 36,000 of the most troubled youth in Southern California during the last 20 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. In addition, Create Now teaches arts education to disadvantaged at-risk youth in Title 1 schools.

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, Fashion, Digital Media, Performing Arts, Cultural Journeys

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Create Now! since 2005. I'm proof that this organization is of great benefit to those who seek the help of the folks who work here. As a former at-risk youth, I was offered the chance to change my life via music. I was introduced to a couple of mentors' and was given my very own Alto Saxophone. Recently, Create Now's founder got word that my horn was currently out of commission, and she was kind enough to present me with a brad new one so I can continue to practice toward my goal: to be come an international Jazz musician. Thanks Create Now! for being there every step of the way and supporting me in every way possible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Create now is a wonderful organization that helps and has helped at-risk youth become inspired to do things they never thought possible. It quite literally has saved the lives of kids that have come to the organization's offices with something as simple as a one-hour lesson with someone who wants to make a difference in people's lives. This wonderful organization needs all the help it can get in order to keep creating life experiences that will last a lifetime.

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create-now 10/01/2010

You're a shining star Frank and we're so proud of you and all the hard work you've put into developing your career. You're talented and dedicated. Your mentor Michael Lington told you to be responsible and persistent, and you have flourished as a result. We look forward to seeing your star continue to rise.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recipient of services from Create Now it is with great pleasure to share how much our kids have enjoyed working with this organization and their volunteers. We have partnered with Create Now for over five years and in this time period, hundreds of our kids were able to experience the warmth and kindness of this program. Thank you for supporting them; they deserve it and their mission and passion are pure.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with Create Now for many years and I must say they are absolutely a distinctive agency that provides fun filed creative and performing arts classes to the at-risk youth living in our transitional living program. As many as 20 youth in each individual class gets to create and transform through song, improve, stand up comedy and dance. For many of them this is a dream come through, and it gives them the opportunity to reach their full potential, and even discover potential they did not know they had.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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create-now 01/20/2011

Thanks for your comments Ron and for allowing us to serve your facility! We love working with the runaway, throwaway and homeless youth at LAYN because these kids really deserve a chance to find joy in their lives after the abuse and neglect they've had to endure. I'd like to point out that Create Now provides FREE programs for youth. Thanks to our Program Coordinator Ruby Medina's hard work, we gave out over 3,000 tickets to concerts, plays and other cultural events in 2010 and and didn't charge anyone a penny for our services, which included workshops in art, music, dance, writing, theatre and more. We look forward to increasing the services that we offer LAYN in the years to come!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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create-now 10/01/2010

Lizeth, we're so proud of you and the changes that you've made in your life during the past 13 years. You've blossomed into a beautiful, talented and loving young lady who motivates and inspires others to give back. We look forward to having you more involved with Create Now for many years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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create-now 10/01/2010

Thanks so much for your great feedback. We love working with such dedicated staff and great kids who really need a break. We appreciate you opening your doors to our programs and also bringing the homeless and runaway youth that you serve to experience the many cultural excursions that Create Now provides through our Artistic Journeys program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Create Now as an adolescent, and I cannot begin to describe the effect it has had on my life. The outlet it exposed me to, (writing), has been a therapy for me, and I have lived a much happier, healthier, and more productive life as a result. Create Now and its mentors are changing lives, and I look forward to one day being able to give back what it has given to me. Thanks Create Now!

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create-now 09/18/2010

Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. I am SO very proud of you and all of your many accomplishments and so glad to have you in my life! Jill