Create Now, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   82 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)
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 95-4590574
213-747-2777
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Rating: 5 stars  

Create Now understands the at-risk youth population and knows how to make a positive impact on their lives. With so many children served each year by their thoughtful programming, it's truly worth investing your time and money into this organization. I confidently place many of Create Now's artist mentors in the programs at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. The youth we serve are some of the most challenged youth in Southern California. The Create Now artists work patiently with our youth and meet their individual needs on a consistent basis. The artists are truly skilled professional teaching artists and they bring so much passion and excitement every time they are here. We are so grateful for Create Now's continued partnership!!!

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

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Create Now has been a partner with us for over a year. Through their collaboration and dedication, we have been able to provide art programs in our community; art programs that include singing, dancing, theater, mural workshops, and hip hop to name a few.

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

When they come to our childcare center and provide arts programs!

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

Help them secure more funder to expand their outreach.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

They have a variety of programs they offer. They also have a wide range of talented volunteers who are equally dedicated when working with community agenices.

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We are so delighted to have your agency as our partner. Thank you for your support!

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I visited Create Now's Open House, I saw may young people from foster homes actively engaged in many activities from painting to guitar playing. Create Now is an organization which helps young people feel a sense of belonging by offering them classes and other opportunities that make their lives more fulfilling. The key word is "create."

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thanks so much James!

Rating: 5 stars  

As a former art teacher in an inner-city school district, I believe that the work that Create Now is doing is vital. Typically, kids in a public school will receive only 45 minutes of arts instruction a week, some receive none at all. Los Angeles is a city where it's under consideration to cut 300 arts educator positions from LAUSD, meaning that despite having one of the largest concentrations of artists, LA is a city where only those families who can afford private school will be exposed to the arts. Create Now fills an important role by providing not only arts instruction to an underserved, vulnerable population but also provides these children with guidance and support if they choose the arts as a career path. Create Now and organizations like it are supporting the next generation of artists in LA who will be diverse in their viewpoints rather than a homogenized group of upper-class citizens.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thanks! We appreciate your recognition and acknowledgment of our work.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I met Jill and learned of her work with Create Now only recently, and have placed her nonprofit at the top of my favorites. Many people I know have the gift to mentor but don't know where to start; her guidance and expertise are great contributions to get them started!

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

Quite well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

Create Now has helped Maryvale in numerous ways including with tickets to plays for children and adults, tickets to musicals, tickets to soccer games, tickets to the Derby Dolls, tickets to magic shows, tickets to dance recitals as well as tickets to the Wixton Theaters and the Santa Monica Theater.

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

their generosity to our children we serve.

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

not change a thing. They are great!

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Thanks Rose - We love the girls at Maryvale and Ruby will continue to provide you with tickets to many new events, as well as other unique opportunities, in the years to come!

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

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!

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.

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.

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Thanks Robin! We're so grateful for all the assistance you have given to Create Now in fund-raising and program development. You've helped build our organization so that we can help thousands of the most troubled kids through the arts each year.

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

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.

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

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

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Thanks for your kind words Roger. You're a very talented artist and we're delighted to have you as part of the Create Now family! Our team (Ruby Medina, Laura Kelly and Emily Schuck) is here to help bring more support to our Create A Mural Now workshops so hopefully we'll be out in the community again with you very soon, working with kids and their families to make our neighborhoods beautiful.