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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: New Education Options, Inc. serves children, educators and adults with products and services as a public benefit educational arts organization. It is combining educational , brain-based research with Science, Math, Engineering and Technology principles through water stewardship. The goal improve instruction and enhance school skills through saving millions of gallons of water, conservation practices, and interactive language programs. Building science and academic vocabulary in daily practice in school and out working with GLOBE EL partners and Kids First to build young minds who love to read year round.

Results: Services won a California Lottery "Hero in Education Award" for service to the schools under the Mars 2030 program working with at-risk children using high tech musical tools and vocabulary/language arts/ English writing/performance constructs to motivate children to excel in school and out! After completing a Masters Thesis at California State University San Bernardino in 2012, our director has continued to work in LAUSD with Gault Elementary School and with NOBLE, Inc. at Hamlin Charter Academy. NEO received a grant from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to work with 10 schools or 2000 children then followed by a grant from the California Arts Council/from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. USDOE has approved Bo's arts integration ELL work to proceed as a mobile informal science center working with PK-5th graders now planning more training arts educators, childcare providers, and classroom professionals in 2014-2015, 2015-2016. The NOBLEkids staff training using Songworks pedagogy with ML work is seen on the Cynthyny Lebo classroom on Teachers Tube, designated a favorite this week! This "It's Elementary my dear" video documentary was produced by Cleveland High School Media Academy students as a Landmark SELP project from a donation from David Elliott. The project is collaborating with Globe.gov, WaterSense, the Dana Foundation, and CalRecycle under AB1548 to build science vocabulary in school through music and arts inclusion. In 2015, we became fiscal agent of Kids First at Hamlin and continued to work with Gault EL and Hamlin with KFH's childcare setting to bring STEM content to kids and new tools and pardigms to teaching. We have begun landing pages , train and consulting to bring Kids First to more schools and quality programming to more and more kids.

Target demographics: At-Risk learners, low income children, parents, child care workers, and instructors in Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire and South Bay areas. Provider of educational SES programs for Title 1, 5-8 years old in Elementary and Middle Schools. Serving children that need to build up English Language skills. Live interactive events and school programs at public environmental celebrations, public libraries, book stores and festivals providing public children's musical programming, arts residencies for bilingual families and children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200-500 children directly, 2000-5000 in conferences, through their teachers, through the press as well as Kids First parents, 8 childcare and classroom teachers

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, Burbank, Pasadena, West Hills, Woodland Hills, Studio City, Azusa, Sierra Madre and Inland Empire (San Bernardino, Riverside)

Programs: Education and Environment curriculum, musical theater, songwriting and music composition, lyric writing, journal writing, and STEM/STEAM arts integration programming to celebrate our relationship to Nature, Science, Water, and Song. We work with musical linguistics and student resiliency modeling in child care and within Elementary classrooms to build vocabulary and processing skills especially reading, thinking, risking, writing, listening, hearing, speaking, singing, using hands on exploration and enriching environments from Nature to libraries, beaches and museums.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

This year William and Martha Elliott passed away. They would be very excited to hear that we are making progress to bring the music not only to a future cheile (music party) in Balboa park, but continue to dream of creating a picnic in the gorgeous meadow on the Robbie Breadon CommonGroundNI.org Farm sometime soon on Zoom or live celebrating the Elliott musical and the songs released and still to be released. Bill and Martha gave us hope to risk serving at risk children and Betty White and Pat Finn gave us a state Education award to make sure that we would keep on going believing that we have all we need to begin the path to fulfillment and learning if we will take small steps towards a positive future.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

KidsFirst So Cal is now housed at Califa and Desoto with Billy Blanks in a shared dance and exercise and child development studio! Wow, a fifth element! Wonderful care, tutoring and field trips.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bo Lebo is a powerhouse of knowledge and activity enriching the community with ways to help kids using Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math! Just a few weeks ago we brought books and materials that build brains and hearts through the arts to the Sherman Oaks Church of the Chimes Holiday event. Reaching out to the public through the arts makes learning FUN for everyone!


Board Member

Rating: 5

Evelyn Giang was the high school producer on this terrific innovative micro-documentary covering the new face of child care in California. Requirements 2 minute short that would use existing archives and build value for others. Think she makes the Cleveland Media Academy and CTE in California proud. An example of student captured content that can matter is showing work that might otherwise never be seen.

NB: Kids First at Hamlin teachers are featured in this short and they are open to more students this quarter and looking to develop two more ESC NW or LAUSD sites. Write them as part of NEO at www.kidsfirst.la or read about them at the landing page this holiday season here: http://neweducationoptions.networkforgood.com/



Rating: 5

New Education Options worked with LAUSD's Globe.gov Annual Conference in Los Angeles last week and opened the concluding banquet with William Elliott's "The World Above me" song sung by KidsFirst at Hamlin children to honor the NASA-UCAR-Globe Classroom-JPL-and multicountry teens, researchers and educators who were celebrating a long week exploring the EEI's curricula from watershed (Catalina-to-the Hilton) and from place (Lake Balboa to the Hydrosphere) and from Atmosphere to ducks, fish, nitrates, to parks!!!! See them at www.kidsfirst.la (video page). Wow, little singers and potential future scientists thanks to WaterBuddy, Henry Ortiz, the District, Globe Elementary, and UCAR's support. And Globe was honored as well as Neo and KidsFirst at Hamlin by certificates from Senator Hertzberg too!

www.kidsfirst.la (video gallery)



Rating: 5

New Education Options has adopted KidsFirst at Hamlin and gardens, pedagogy, and working with music to inspire science exploration is alive and well in Woodland Hills this summer. Kids are learning "The Word Around me" in preparation for singing for GLOBE's annual conference. They are excited to learn about the Soil Moisture satellite after seeing Tomorrowland and going to the Cube at Hansen Dam. This is a tremendous program providing cognitive development activities along with tutoring, care, and innovation.


Board Member

Rating: 5

This public benefit educational corporation has served Greater Los Angeles and now the Inland Empire since 1999 and formed in 2002. It has been nominated for the Irvine Award by the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and its work can be seen on Great Nonprofits.org. Betty White gave us a "Hero in Education Award" in a segment of the California Lottery program and we have continued to work with Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows", eco-literacy, English Language Arts and Reading Development throughout the LA Basin and our precious Californian Bionome.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

I like seeing the kids light up. Bill and Bo work magic in the children, drawing them into the event, singing or dancing. I like the expressions on the Moms and Dads watching their kids.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer working with English- challenged children. I've seen how the New Education Options program brings kids to life and stimulates them to find their own reasons to learn English.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Consistently excellent theater. Well directed and produced plays with great actors ,sets,lighting. I am a season subscriber and normally see 5 plays a season. Recently saw "The Vertical Hour". It was a bit long and "talky" but I found it thought provoking and topical.