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Ruckus Roots Inc.,

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: WE BELIEVE THE ARTS ARE UNIQUELY CAPABLE OF INSPIRING THE COLLABORATION AND CREATIVE THINKING CRUCIAL FOR EFFECTIVELY ADDRESSING COMPLEX SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. RuckusRoots merges the art and sustainability into empowering, interactive experiences for young adults and teens. We aim to provide artistic opportunities that connect youth and adults to their communities, the planet and their own creative powers. Through immersive events, interactive installations, collaborative programs and thought-provoking public art, we unveil the positive, creative side of sustainability, transforming participants into proactive agents of change.

Target demographics: underserved youth and community members

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300-500 youth who reported more than an 80% increase in understanding of sustainability concepts after our programming.

Geographic areas served: East Los Angeles

Programs: Chimes for Change, Trashformation, and other creative curricula that combine art-making, technology and sustainability to encourage and empower participants as proactive agents of change in their local communities.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization punches way above its weight class. It is hard to find a more energetic, diverse, cost-effective, and out-of-the-box thinking nonprofit than RuckusRoots. I support many nonprofits, and this one is at the top of the list.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The mission of RuckusRoots is inspiring. I am a proud donor and encourahe others to support this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ruckusroots is absolutely on the right track, engaging young students in conservation and the environment on their own turf utilizing "fun stuff" like art and music to magnify unspoiled creative urges. Thanks to these efforts, as the students mature they'll take that consciousness to a higher level and impact politics and policies in the places where they live and work creatively and effectively. Much better than trying to convert "mature" minds set in their ways and/or dependent upon ideological talking points.
Onward...

Donor

Rating: 5

RuckusRoots is by far the best use of my donation $$ that I've found. Its combined focus on art and environmental education is unique and the quality of its programs unsurpassed. It is 100% properly aligned in this day and age, and in this current political environment where art education and the environment are both under unprecedented attack. Young people, our country and the world need our young to understand environmental issues, develop creatively and get involved and believe they can do something . If we want to foster creativity and creative solutions to our environmental problems, there is nothing better than RR out there. Period. Hats off to Christine and crew!

1 Kate111

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ruckusroots is an amazing non-profit that brings arts education to underserved youth. I am always happy to volunteer, donate, and participate in this wonderful cause, knowing that my time, energy, and money are going to be used effectively in the community.

1 Jess A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working with RuckusRoots on multiple programs in LA, and was constantly in awe of what this small non-profit was capable of. Now more than ever, it seems so important that we offer responsible, engaging art education to the youth. And RuckusRoots does that and more! Can't wait to see what they're able to accomplish in the future!

2 jameswadley

Donor

Rating: 5

I never have any hesitation donating to Ruckusroots as I always know that any funds are spent wisely, ethically, conscientiously, and perhaps most important of all, creatively. The young people of Los Angeles are lucky to have Ruckusroots on their side

2 Erinn B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working with RuckusRoots on a few programs and can't say enough! Great team with a great purpose. In a world where educating our youth is so important, non profits such as RuckusRoots are vital!

1 Mingus F.

Advisor

Rating: 5

When I think of how RuckusRoots operates, I think of three things:

1. Vision - RuckusRoots is focused on enriching the connection that students have with their world and their community, but most importantly, that connection is achieved by enriching the students connection with their own voice.

2. Implementation - In their projects, RuckusRoots always takes the time to explore and flesh out the goals of their projects. A spirit of fun and curiosity is key to their programs and that energy has to be invested at the beginning and carried all the way through the project.

3. Execution - None of the other stuff matters if the project isn't completed, and RuckusRoots has a history of building teams that produce results.

It is a joy to work with them, from a perspective of the actual process and for the results they create.

1 Andy55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The ideas and love behind all projects created by Ruckusroots are amazing. The ingenuity and care is astounding. I've learned so much at every event I've attend, while having a fun time doing so.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have a bit of experience with education and sustainability and I haven't come across any group that is doing what RuckusRoots does. First of all, they use art as a way to talk about, think about, and address sustainability issues- an approach that reaches people's hearts in a way that all our scientific facts can't. Their programs are built to foster student creativity, collaboration, sense of community, and civic engagement- all crucial for sustainability, not to mention just being a responsible citizen- and they build important technological and artistic skills that enhance student job-readiness too. They bring students into contact with inspiring professionals who show them that there are all sorts of ways to put artistic and community organizing skills to work in the "real world". Finally, they do all this with underserved young people in Los Angeles who would not otherwise have access to such programming, especially arts programming. Their work is inspiring, necessary, and effective.

2 Kristen90

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RuckusRoots is so cherished! It is an inspirational machine in the NE Los Angeles community, facilitating beautiful projects that engage and utilize the creative expression of children and teens, while raising much needed environmental awareness.
Students learn skills, are given creative opportunities, and celebrate individuality. They become aware of their impact. This is vital. We need more of you, Ruckus Roots! Thank you so much, Chrissy Spehar, for doing the work you do in the world. It is beautiful and crucial!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization ran by great people. Ruckusroots is changing lives and the way we administer and interpret education

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Donor

Rating: 5

I know my donation dollars are making an important difference by bringing sustainable art education to schools that would otherwise go without. The director and her staff are dedicated to making a positive impact on the LA community and surrounding areas. I highly recommend this nonprofit as I have seen firsthand the amazing projects created by Christine and her team!

1 Lauren143

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ruckusroots is an amazing organization that gives students access to arts education! Each lesson ties in arts, music, culture, conservation, art history, and technology seamlessly. Arts education is so important for children's growth, self expression and self esteem. Without RuckusRoots, many children in areas throughout Los Angeles might not get any exposure to the arts...how lucky we are to have nonprofits like them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ruckus Roots is doing AMAZING things with kids in classrooms that our schools systems simpy can't do on their own. The RR team brings art education and skill building, environmentalism and activism, and critical lessons in team work and team building to youth in a totally accessible way that even teenagers love!