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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Performing Arts, Youth Development Programs, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: To promote youth leadership and social change in violence torn, impoverished urban environments through intensive creative and performing arts programming

Results: Served 80 girls in or at risk of entrance into the juvenile justice system over 4 years during the construction of the Girls on the Move Project.  Girls who completed each 12 week arts leadership semester noted immediate improvements in self esteem, peer social skills, motivation, and anger management, Those who completed all three semesters of the project noted increased improvements in all the above areas. In addition, their peer mentorship skills improved and their motivation to engage in social change efforts in their community increased.

Target demographics: Low income adolescent girls and boys living in violence torn, impoverished neighborhoods in Philadelphia between the ages of 14 - 17 years.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 adolescent girls per year, or two groups of 20 girls and 20 boys per year.

Geographic areas served: Philadelphia

Programs: The Girls on the Move Project: a two year intensive arts leadership program for adolescent girls living in violence torn, impoverished communities, promoting positive self esteem, self expression, leadership, peer mentorship and community advocacy skills. The Men in the Making Project: a two year intensive arts leadership program for adolescent boys living in violence torn, impoverished communities, promoting positive self esteem, self expression, leadership, peer mentorship and community advocacy skills.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

Moving Creations and Emily have been a God sent for my family. My Daughter started with the organization at the beginning,she started out lost confused and even a little defiant,she was at the point where we both needed help.Moving Creations provided a great outlet for my daughter and the other girls to understand why they were feeling he way they were by teaching the girls to look inside themselves. They did many performances with dance and poetry and even a film which they participated 100% everything from witting, stage props,and even being highly involved in their own dance routines. By the time my daughter was near completion she was a leader worthy of following,a confident young women ,and able to resolve controversy among her peers. I am very proud of my daughter and forever thankful to Emily and Moving Creations.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

Emily is an inspiration! The work Moving Creations Inc has accomplished over the years is truly remarkable. Participation in this program has transformed girls into young women, young women who are brigther, compassionate, motivated and mature. My work with this company has allowed me to witness how one person can make a difference in the lives of many! Not only has Emily touched the girls she works with but also the staff who have had the pleasure of helping her achieve her goals. As a board member and as a friend, I have watched Moving Creations grow, transform and struggle. I am confident Moving Creations will continue to enrich the lives of the girls it takes under its wings!

7 elangep

Board Member

Rating: 4

Emily Nussdorfer and Moving Creations have been some of my principal inspirations in the world of youth empowerment and community transformation through the Arts. As an artist, educator, and activist myself, I was incredibly moved by the work the girls from the Girls on the Move Project created about their growth and transformation, and even more so, their visions for their communities. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with a number of the Girls on the Move Graduates in community poetry festivals, leadership symposiums, and young mother advisory groups, and I have been repeatedly impressed by the comfort with which they face and discuss difficult and complex issues, share openly of themselves and their experiences, and above all, testify for the world they wish to see emerge around them, and their willingness to participate in this process. Having spent years in schools with this age group, I have found this traits to be rare and often far between, but to be commonplace among the girls Moving Creations has embraced. What Moving Creations does so well that others so often struggle with, is maintain a big picture of social synergy and community health through all of its specific and hands on work with the specific needs and obstacles of each girl, supporting them to become their highest selves with a sense of purpose for a large family that needs them. I only wish this program were available to every girl in the Philadelphia public schools.

7

Board Member

Rating: 4

I was a board member of Moving Creations Inc. I am a creative arts therapist and know that art is powerful medium for transformation. The program offered by Moving Creations supports female youth from Philadelphia develop into strong women. I commitment and dedication of the executive director and the art teachers is inspiring.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Moving Creations Inc speaks to my soul. As a young kid I felt lost, confused and alone. My Family did not understand me. My feelings began to manifest themselves physically. It was the arts that saved my life. I have witnessed Moving Creations program Girls on the Move in action. I have seen this program change the path of young girls and more importantly I have seen the young girls become powerful and confident woman. I have seen them tap into female power and become leaders, leaders in their community and leaders of change.

3

Board Member

Rating: 4

Moving Creations Inc. has been running teen empowerment sessions because our teens need meaningful engagement. The founder of Moving Creations, Emily Nussdorfer, first interested me in her programs through a mutual belief in the power of life changing, rites of passage. Moving Creations Inc. has tested itself in the fire of serving the underserved without the support it deserves. Moving Creations is focused on continuing that service. The program philosophy and practice are specifically the philosophy and practice that will empower our youth, through art based creations, and strengthen our communities through the power of creative youth. Additionally, Moving Creations programming specifically directs funding to local artists and community based venues. Supporting Moving Creations Inc. will help us all to incorperate art into the lives of children and young adults, fostering unique personal and distinct community evolution towards a future of visionary youth and the local artists to mentor them.