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Create Now, Inc.
September 15, 2010

I have three children of my own, with friends who have been through some bad times. I knew the girls in camp would have all sorts of emotional baggage, and imagined they would be tough and stoic. Quite the contrary, on any given day there would be sweet smiles, open curiosity and willingness to learn along with the emotional roller coaster endemic to teen girls. Some are rough and closed, but art projects gave them a chance to express another side and learn they have patience to accomplish a goal, make something unique and connect to people.

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

...increased self esteem and communication with the girls, reducing fights. It gave them an appreciation of the arts and provided a non verbal expression for emotionally immature kids. It gave them a start in job skills too, as Pastry Chefs, designers...

Ways to make it better...

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

Make this program more a part of the community. People are afraid and do not know how to help. Sometimes all the kids need is someone to talk to.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting people who value education and art. And getting paid, just a little, so I can spend a little of my own money on supplies as well as adding teaching to my resume.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

mostly very helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand programs to include vocational and college counseling, maybe some training.

Ways to make it better...

...the probation system had more frequent training sessions for volunteers. It would have been better if my certification and background check could have been done locally in the sheriff's office instead of in the Downey headquarters.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

recruiting mentors and teachers, and paying for supplies. A big challenge was getting a room suitable for the activity.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Jill Gurr is a determined person to have started and stayed with this goal for as long as she has.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & taught art classes at a girls' detention camp.