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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

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Donor

Rating: 5

Create Now... And the FUTURE WINS! Create Now is all about the future. The future of arts, the future of kids, the future of everyone it touches. The way Create Now wraps its arms around and touches other organizations is unparalleled! As a nurse educator, I promote caring, compassion, and communication with and to my students. Create Now promotes caring, compassion, and communication with and between EVERYONE! The work Create Now performs is essential to making this country and its people caring, engaged, and content.

Create Now!

Donor

Rating: 5

Create Now is a top notch organization that serves some of the most troubled children, teens and young adults in Southern California. Create Now helps them through art therapy, giving them an opportunity to heal through art and also discover their own hidden talents. Their programs range from graphic arts to music, dance, writing, film making, photography and much more. The mentors who run the programs are talented professionals who volunteer their valuable time to help make an impact. This is a fantastic organization that deserves your support!

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create-now 04/01/2012

Thanks so much for your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

Create Now serves vulnerable kids ages 2-25 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. The youth they serve come from poverty-stricken families with histories of violence, substance abuse, or neglect. As a parent, the thought of any child having to deal with these types of difficulties so early in life is tough to think about. They are simply not fortunate enough to have the opportunities that many of us take for granted on a daily basis.

Through their efforts, they match these kids and youth with mentors across Southern California, and provide healing through the arts and a positive outlet to express themselves.
The work that Create Now and their founder Jill Gurr does on a daily basis is extraordinary.

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create-now 03/29/2012

We really appreciate all your support, Paul!