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Ruckus Roots Inc.,

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Nonprofit Overview

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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with Ruckus Roots for years. It has been a fantastic experience to join with them as an artist mentor for several projects. Art education is a huge priority for me and Ruckus Roots finds creative and inspiring ways to bring it to communities that need it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ruckusroots TRASHformation was one of the funnest times I had in middle school. I hope they come back!

Donor

Rating: 5

The beauty Ruckus Roots nourishes in our communities is the perfect remedy for a world craving to remember creative engagement and purposeful connection. Ruckus Roots is the perfect antidote for all of us who find ourselves isolated, staring at screens and wondering what to do with ourselves.....CREATE ART! It is an honor to be able to put my money into circulation in this beautiful and productive way.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am always happy to support RuckusRoots! They are a unique and worthwhile cause that supports real change in and around Los Angeles. Keep it up!

Client Served

Rating: 5

RuckusRoots creates lasting change and memorable experiences for youth and communities! i love their innovative approach to integrated experiential arts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Ruckus Roots on a few occasions and have to say they are one of the greatest organizations to work with. There is so much passion for what they do and that comes through in their work!

I wholeheartedly recommend Ruckus Roots!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with RuckusRoots for the past two years - and it has been the most meaningful and fulfilling experience! I love knowing that every single day, I am dedicating my skills, time and energy to an amazing cause that I truly believe in. More than that, it is so inspiring to work with some of the most brilliant and innovative changemakers, leaders, artists and creative thinkers around. I know of no other organization like this; this group looks at complicated problems in the L.A community and responds with unique, thoughtful, creative and multi-faceted solutions. YAY RuckusRoots!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard of Ruckus Roots when a friend from LA saw one of their projects at the LA Zoo. I learned more about it after googling it. It is a most worthy non profit organization that helps where it is needed most - in our underfunded LA school system. Without organizations like Ruckus Roots, many underprivileged children would never experience the “thrill of victory, only the agonony of defeat”.

1 James M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ruckus Roots has had a positive impact on not only the way students interpret and actively seek science, but in their overall enjoyment of education and their willingness and readiness to receive knowledge in general. The staff care and are creative and diligent in their programs. Admirable all around.

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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.