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Create Now, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Youth Development

Mission: Create Now is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps youth find their voices through arts mentoring and education.

Results: For 24 years, Create Now has served more than 49,000 of the most vulnerable youth in Southern California. We empower kids from Pre-K to age 24 through high-quality programs in music, writing, performing arts, digital media, visual arts, fashion and culinary arts. We serve kids challenged by poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, homelessness and similar challenges, and teach at-risk youth in Title 1, continuation and charter schools. Every year, Create Now brings thousands of children to concerts, plays and other cultural events at premier venues. We also produce community projects, like Power of the Arts Festivals and mural workshops.

Target demographics: We serve vulnerable kids from Pre-K to age 24 who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, homeless and dealing with similar challenges. These “forgotten children” have fallen through the cracks of the system. They live in emergency shelters, rehab centers, detention camps and foster group homes, under the radar of the public eye. In addition, Create Now teaches arts education to disadvantaged youth at Title 1, continuation and charter schools where students receive zero or limited arts education

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,631 of the neediest youth in the region.

Geographic areas served: Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura

Programs: Music, Visual Arts, Writing, Fashion, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Journeys which each year brings thousands of underserved kids to concerts, plays and special events like Cirque du Soleil.

Community Stories

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bennett C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with people as passionate as the ones I met at CreateNow it's plain to see why the kids who came out were so engaged and thrilled. People here generally care and the facilities are not only great, but they have the kind of equipment that will help these kids achieve their dreams. I would volunteer here again, without a doubt!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've only helped briefly at Create Now, but already I can sense how incredible an environment it is. I helped at an open house- a hub for people to come in and make art, regardless of background. The people that came during the day that I volunteered left with smiles on their faces. Some asked whether or not they could pursue additional lessons in arts they had only just started that day, and others were thrilled to be there- you could tell that passion for art had been instilled in them, and they seemed extremely appreciative of the experience. Overall, I think this is an incredible charity and organization and I look forward to helping in the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Create Now is an organization that is changing lives right here in Los Angeles by bringing the most under-served communities of young people in direct contact with the thriving arts and creative industries that make Southern California famous. In a time of declining arts budgets in public education, Create Now mobilizes volunteers from the arts community to mentor and educate those young people that can benefit most from a creative outlet. Seeimg first hand the level of engagement and interest that arts programming and hands on learning can bring is both heartwarming and a reminder of how important the right mentors can be in each of our lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great to see the students' creativity come to life!

1 Alyssa19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Guardian Barnes and I'm in foster care I had it rough for example I've been raped and beaten up by a lot of people.but over the years I learned that you have too trust in yourself, reason why i say that is because when I was younger I blamed everything on me and later on in life I realized that it's not my fault it's the other people's fault

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at two Create Now events in the last few months, one Fashion workshop at the LA Housing Center and one Video Development at their open house. Both events were fantastic.

The kids, boys and girls alike, visibility enjoyed the safe place and opportunity to express themselves creatively, some for the first time. Some of them had profound experiences. One foster teen participant said we had made her dream come true! These foster and homeless kids crave for an opportunity to be and express themselves and Create Now provides a place to do it.

What impressed me as well was the quality of the programs offered and the knowledgable and dedicated staff and mentors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first worked with Create Now when we were looking for a worthy organization to benefit from an Art Show that we were organizing as a tribute to my friend, Melissa Rourke who died of cancer in 2012. She was an artist who always dreamed of making a difference in the world, and when I found Create Now I was ecstatic to find an organization that provides arts mentoring, education and support to the very children that Melissa always wanted to help. Jill, Linda, and the rest of the Create Now team were very helpful in giving us ideas to make the art show more successful and help create more awareness about the needs of these children. I had such a positive experience that I have continued to stay in touch and volunteer in other ways I can with the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create Now is an amazing organization that's filling a much needed void in the Los Angeles community. Through mentorship and arts education, thousands of kids are getting the motivation, inspiration, and confidence to thrive in any field, especially the arts. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Jill, the Executive Director, and volunteering on behalf of the organization. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to get involved and make a true and positive impact on a child's life as well as the greater community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create Now is an amazing organization that makes a direct impact in the lives of those who need it the most. I have been able to witness firsthand how passionate Jill and everyone involved in the organization is in bringing creative arts mentoring and opportunities to at-risk youth. Art truly does heal and Create Now does everything they can to make a difference.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I moved to Los Angeles I started spending time learning about the local education system and the limited programs in creative arts within schools as well as the gap in the system for at-risk youth. In the large city of LA, at-risk includes 30,000 kids. Creative arts are an area of not just education but of self expression, helping with communication, critical thinking, empathy, positive association and confidence which are lacking in the lives of at-risk youth. Create Now aims to address this through several incredibly successful programs. The 12-week programs from creative writing to dancing to guitar lessons have proven very impactful and positive. Jill Gurr has countless stories of these youth coming back to thank Create Now for the long-term impact their experience had and how the programs had a ripple effect on their lives and making positive decisions in school, work, family and choosing to contribute to their communities as well. It has been a wonderful experience having involvement with Create Now and working with the other Board Members on expanding the reach of the programs and ensuring its future success!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I decided to volunteer, I researched high and low looking for an organization with a long history of using the arts to help youth. Once I found Create Now, I knew I had found the perfect organization to volunteer for. I met with Jill Gurr, the Executive Director, and I was moved by her passion, drive and commitment. To meet someone, who after serving the youth of Los Angeles for 18 years, can still make a significant impact, is inspiring. I am a firm believer in art as a therapeutic form of expression, and Jill has created so many programs and resources for our youth to heal, think creatively and make their lives better.

1 Mark S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been Chairman of the Board, on the board, organized benefits and performed in benefits- all for Create Now. But most importantly, I've worked one on one in my studio and at every detention camp in the LA area with the kids- those kids whose eyes light up when they get a glimpse of the possibility of their potential and who they can be because of artistic influence. I've watched the transformation first hand, mentoring kids whose lives change in a moment, affected by the love, motivation and impact of adults and role models who provide a vehicle of transcendence for them beyond what they have known into what they now know can exist for them. This is what the artistic mentoring and programs can continue to do, but only with your continued support of Create Now...

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a presenter who has done dozens of presentations for kids in detention camps all over the Los Angeles area, I can say that I have helped reshape many kids' lives. These events were all facilitated by Create Now! Imagine what it feels like to see immediate attitude shifts in many of these incarcerated kids and then bring some of these kids into my recording studio and actualize their creative dreams. Feel free to contact me to have me play you some music that these kids have created. This is all because of Create Now.

Board Member

Rating: 5

With major budget cuts to social services and education, art was the first to get cut. People need to understand how art and creative thinking empowers all youth and Create Now does an exceptional job with very limited resources to engage at-risk youth that have no outlets to feel empowered and to fully express themselves. Creative skills are a must in our competitive world and the programs at Create Now are addressing multiple needs and gaps, primarily with underrepresented youth.

Jill as the ED has been its driving force and it's a labor of love for her because she truly understands how this impacts our community and has experienced the transformation in our youth's lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When you hear about the transformational work that Create Now does with youth at need through creative arts, you want to help. It's amazing to hear all the stories from Jill Gurr about the lives they've transformed. In a time when we are losing our arts due to budget cuts, Create Now provides the most innovative and hands on workshop to our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today I led my first "singing" workshop at Los Angeles Family Housing, with the help of Create Now. The program was a huge success, and I went home feeling very accomplished. This summer I was inspired to volunteer, and to use my talents in order to enlighten those who are less fortunate than me. Within one week of contacting Create Now, I was in touch with Jill, and she set me up with LA Family Housing to lead this 6-week singing workshop. I am so grateful for this opportunity! I can't wait to go back next week and see the kids, who I already feel a special bond with! I love that I am making a difference.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The decision to join the board of Create Now was not made over night. I researched many nonprofits and paid close attention to their leadership team, their mission and vision, their operations, and the impact they have had on their communities. Create Now won my heart. I am proud to help such a great organization reach out to the needy youth and offer them something that is often neglected by everyone who tries to help a needy person; art!.

Create Now has recently donated a very large number of books to children in a lovely event at the park in Los Angeles. Create Now also runs the Promise Neighborhood program where it provides art classes and workshops.

I am very glad I invested my money and time in such a great organization and I encourage everyone to take a closer look at what Create Now does and help in any way possible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Create Now understands the at-risk youth population and knows how to make a positive impact on their lives. With so many children served each year by their thoughtful programming, it's truly worth investing your time and money into this organization. I confidently place many of Create Now's artist mentors in the programs at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. The youth we serve are some of the most challenged youth in Southern California. The Create Now artists work patiently with our youth and meet their individual needs on a consistent basis. The artists are truly skilled professional teaching artists and they bring so much passion and excitement every time they are here. We are so grateful for Create Now's continued partnership!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Create Now fills a massively important role needed in our community to help kids, teenagers, and young adults find doorways and pathways to an expressive and healing life through the arts. It's really wonderful to see these young people find an avenue of support for enjoyment, inspiration, and stimulation to their minds and hearts!

fcsax1989

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Create Now! since 2005. I'm proof that this organization is of great benefit to those who seek the help of the folks who work here. As a former at-risk youth, I was offered the chance to change my life via music. I was introduced to a couple of mentors' and was given my very own Alto Saxophone. Recently, Create Now's founder got word that my horn was currently out of commission, and she was kind enough to present me with a brad new one so I can continue to practice toward my goal: to be come an international Jazz musician. Thanks Create Now! for being there every step of the way and supporting me in every way possible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Create now is a wonderful organization that helps and has helped at-risk youth become inspired to do things they never thought possible. It quite literally has saved the lives of kids that have come to the organization's offices with something as simple as a one-hour lesson with someone who wants to make a difference in people's lives. This wonderful organization needs all the help it can get in order to keep creating life experiences that will last a lifetime.

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create-now 10/01/2010

You're a shining star Frank and we're so proud of you and all the hard work you've put into developing your career. You're talented and dedicated. Your mentor Michael Lington told you to be responsible and persistent, and you have flourished as a result. We look forward to seeing your star continue to rise.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering at a Create Now event while on vacation and can honestly say it was one of the highlights of my entire trip. While not professionally involved in the arts myself, the staff and other volunteers were easily able to identify my skill sets that would be the most beneficial to them and I had the opportunity to help run the donation table at an art exhibition fundraiser. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly passionate about their cause and that enthusiasm was clearly reflected in the exhibition attendees. Beyond the personal gratification of participating in a successful fundraiser, I also got the pleasure of meeting and interacting with groups of people I would otherwise never have met, all while helping a wonderful cause. I hope to be able to continue providing assistance remotely if possible and will definitely check in with them again the next time I'm in the LA area.

James82

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through a friend, I'd heard that Create Now was allocating some space to be used for recording purposes. As an audio professional I'd offered my experience and knowledge to advise on the best set up, usage, and recording practices of the space and equipment. They valued my expertise and appreciated every moment I was able to give to helping them get the most out of their set up. I am always happy to help this nonprofit whenever they happen to have questions I am able to answer, and feel that their efforts are nothing but positive to the community.

Image C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out what Create Now great work and immediately contacted them. I wanted to get involved, I already worked with youth in different areas and I see how much art can affect them, no matter the medium. When I met with them, I saw a studio they were building to give youth a chance to record their dreams, with equipment they could not afford otherwise and it was good audio tech. I can not wait to work with them more.

Vanessa10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create Now is a wonderful organization that helps kids learn and grow through artistic experiences. I could not be more thrilled with my experience so far, I can't wait to continue my future volunteering with them. I am getting ready to become an art mentor in a 12 week program at a homeless shelter. I can't wait! If there is any non-profit you should volunteer with in LA, it is Create Now.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I was approached by a former graduate school classmate of mine about getting involved with Create Now. I was always interested in serving and giving back in a meaningful way but never found quite the right organization. Create Now seems to be just the right fit. It serves such a worthy and necessary cause, and it reaches so many young people who can benefit so much from its services that I had to be involved one way or another. Create Now has done a great job reaching the at-risk youth in the community which is why I've volunteered my time to help it grow and become even greater in accomplishing its mission and vision.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to be invloved with Create Now for the last year. It has been a pleasure getting to know Jill, the staff, and others involved with supporting Create Now and their mission. Seeing their hearts and love for serving these kids in our cities and realizing that passion is truly authentic has been very encouraging. Not only have I been able to exeperience this authenticity for serving, I have also witnessed all the hard work and effort the staff puts into making every available opportunity and experience for the children a lasting, positive, and memorable one.



Board Member

Rating: 4

I learned about Create Now as I was researching arts and education-related nonprofits that served youth in need within Los Angeles. After perusing through the Create Now website and learning more about the organization’s mission, vision, and set of programs, I was impressed by everything the organization had accomplished thus far and the impact it has had on so many children. I knew immediately that I wanted to become deeply involved with Create Now in a very active capacity. Given that the arts and music were such an integral part of my upbringing, I wanted to serve the community via these channels and ensure that all at-risk youth had access and exposure to these creative outlets. I started volunteering as a Marketing Committee member and now serve on the Board of Directors. I am honored to be involved with such a wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this organization for 5 months, and worked closely with several of its core members. It was a delight to serve with them, a team which had a good sense of humor and which put in hard work to keep the nonprofit running smoothly. I also had the chance to go to a couple of the workshops Create Now put on for their youth - one was a mural project, which I enjoyed participating in. I appreciate the fact that they work with kids that don't get enough of society's attention.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Create Now has been a partner with us for over a year. Through their collaboration and dedication, we have been able to provide art programs in our community; art programs that include singing, dancing, theater, mural workshops, and hip hop to name a few.

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create-now 07/11/2012

We are so delighted to have your agency as our partner. Thank you for your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very impressed with the speed in which my volunteer application was processed and my assignment was given. Create Now is very well organized. It is a wonderful non-profit that makes a huge difference in the lives of at risk youth.

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create-now 06/29/2012

We really appreciate great mentors like you!

Laurie18

Volunteer

Rating: 4

this organization helped connect me with a local volunteer opportunity. I was trained, introduced and helped with obtainging supplies.

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create-now 06/29/2012

Thanks for your help Laurie!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has impressed me more than any other I've run across in the last decade. They do so much, for so many at-risk kids, with so little! They are well run, well organized and have a great vision for the future. I have been so impressed with how they reach out to the community, and involve kids in programs around the world. They are really giving young people the chance to envision different lives with more hope and possibility. A+

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create-now 06/27/2012

Thank you so much for your support!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Create Now in a couple different capacities but first got involved in 2009. It is an amazing organization that provides arts mentoring and many other services to at-risk kids throughout Southern California, many of whom are overlooked. I first learned about Create Now in 2009 and immediately wanted to get involved. I have a background in visual arts, so wanted to work with a group on a series of art-making activities. They referred me to a facility in Torrance where I worked with a group of girls to ultimately create a beautiful mural in their group therapy room. The girls worked together seamlessly, enjoyed the process, and felt empowered by the amazing work they did. The work of Create Now has a great impact on everyone involved.

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create-now 06/27/2012

Thanks so much Katherine! We're delighted to have you as a volunteer.

James38

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I visited Create Now's Open House, I saw may young people from foster homes actively engaged in many activities from painting to guitar playing. Create Now is an organization which helps young people feel a sense of belonging by offering them classes and other opportunities that make their lives more fulfilling. The key word is "create."

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create-now 06/27/2012

Thanks so much James!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've helped with a few Create Now events, and there's few non profits I've worked with that are this dedicated to their cause. I would recommend working with them to anyone looking for a cause to help.

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create-now 06/27/2012

Thanks for the great recommendation!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create Now is a unique and remarkable nonprofit making a tangible difference in the lives of the at-risk youth it serves. It is innovative and flexible, constantly responding to the needs of its communities with new programs in spite of challenging economic times. Create Now has helped thousands of troubled youth find a new, productive path for themselves through writing, painting, music and other performance arts. Founder Jill Gurr's passion, experience and thought leadership on the power of transforming young lives through mentoring has positioned Create Now as one of LA's leading nonprofits.

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create-now 06/27/2012

Thanks so much for all your support Nickie!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only does Create Now provide amazing creative arts mentorship programs for the youth who need them most - foster kids, homeless kids, abused kids, and more - but they send thousands of children to concerts, plays, and other performances that they would NEVER have had the opportunity to attend. I have attended several events with the youth and the response from the kids was overwhelming! These are really life-transforming opportunities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an Americorps/VISTA. I was lucky enough to be assigned to Create Now for my year of service to end poverty in the US.

Create Now is a superb organization that provides arts mentoring and services to the most vulnerable youth population in Southern California. Create Now touches thousands of children every year.

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create-now 01/20/2011

Thanks for all of your tremendous help Laura! You're doing a great job of helping Create Now to raise essential funds to keep our programs going and we're so grateful to have you on our team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

working with Create Now has been a very rewarding experience for me. With their assistance I have been able to bring my field of expertise [mythology] to high school youth in LA and in Afghanistan. The young media-makers absorbed and have creatively used the Themes, Symbols, and Archetypes I presented to them in quite impressive ways. It is great to see the before-and-after in person; Create Now helps every participant get real results.

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create-now 06/27/2012

Thank you for being such an amazing teacher and mentor!

Debra20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Young people are at the top of the list as precious, natural resources and it's time we leave the planet to them in ways that they can heal it to the best of their capabilities. The foundation in doing so, is to support their healing to the best of OUR capabilities. This is why CREATE NOW is so vital at this time. So many of our youths are caught in a downward spiral of hopelessness and despair. This non-profit organization supports every artistic and creative alternative to street life, gangs, jail or worse. Every mentor volunteers their time because they care, not because they're getting paid. These young adults have the full opportunity to recognize this special chance in life, for a change. And many of them do. A difference is being made. CREATE NOW and its staff & volunteers, are turning possibility into potential, everyday.

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create-now 06/27/2012

Thanks for being such an extraordinary mentor and supporter Debra!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered with Hip-Hop Jam and interacted with youth in the foster care system. It was a really amazing experience getting to see Cliff, the hip-hop dancer from Culture Shock, teach everyone the history and basics of bboying. It helped give me ideas about how I might run my own hip-hop class. Overall, I feel that the mentors were really great at showing the kids the positive aspects of hip-hop, and I think the kids involved had a fun time participating in the activities.

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create-now 06/27/2012

Thanks Patrick. We're so grateful to have your support this summer.

Donor

Rating: 5

Create Now is a top notch organization that serves some of the most troubled children, teens and young adults in Southern California. Create Now helps them through art therapy, giving them an opportunity to heal through art and also discover their own hidden talents. Their programs range from graphic arts to music, dance, writing, film making, photography and much more. The mentors who run the programs are talented professionals who volunteer their valuable time to help make an impact. This is a fantastic organization that deserves your support!

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create-now 04/01/2012

Thanks so much for your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create Now is an organization that connects high risk and at risk youth with an outlet to express themselves artistically. They also provide them tickets to plays, concerts and other cultural events that they would otherwise never experience. I have volunteered for them and seen first hand the passion and dedication of their staff. Overall a great non profit!

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create-now 04/01/2012

Thanks for all your support. We need great volunteers like you to serve troubled kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create Now is a fantastic organization that creates innovative art programs for the communities that need them the most! I volunteered to lead a drum circle for an at-risk community in Long Beach and felt so honored to watch youth shine and receive therapy from the artform I love. The staff is friendly and the volunteer projects I do are really wonderful. Plus, I get creative freedom to teach what I love. No other nonprofit give me that opportunity.

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create-now 03/31/2012

Thanks for being such a great volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create Now, from my viewpoint, is an amazing organization. The staff’s passionate understanding of at risk kids has built a fantastic arts organization. Working with the kids on the "Mythic Challenges" video projects, along with the teachers in the schools who are using the program, has been a seamless, elegant experience. It is heartening to see how Create Now is picking up the slack when our schools are cutting arts programs. It has been great to roll up my sleeves with them and be guided by such knowledgeable people on the ins and outs of delivering arts to the kids.

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create-now 03/31/2012

Thanks! We love collaborating with you on this amazing program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Create Now since January, and I can say from experience that Create Now goes the extra mile to support their volunteers and others who invest in their cause. As a small nonprofit with limited resources, they still take the time to provide a personal touch and help you understand the impact you are making and the need for that impact in the Los Angeles community. I personally have received extensive training in Salesforce as a part of my volunteer opportunity which not only allowed me to volunteer for the organization, but also provided me personally with important skills development that I'll be able to use in the future. Create Now is one of the best organizations I've ever volunteered for, and if you are here researching organizations you're considering volunteering for, I can tell you that Create Now is the perfect opportunity for making an impact while receiving professional development.

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create-now 03/30/2012

Our Salesforce database is so essential for Create Now's work and we greatly appreciate your support!

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Rating: 5

Create Now has a really cool program called Artistic Journeys. They provide thousands of kids the opportunity to attend musicals, plays and concerts so that they have the chance to experience live cultural event at premier places like Hollywood Bowl, Disney Concert etc. I've been able to attend these events as a chaperon and the kids are so excited to experience the Ballet or Circus for the first time! Many of us take these opportunities for granted but for these children these events serve as an escape from their lives at shelters and groups homes. The team at Create Now is very dedicated and has a lot of passion for their work.

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create-now 03/30/2012

Thanks for your support. We love our volunteers because without you Create Now wouldn't exist!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former art teacher in an inner-city school district, I believe that the work that Create Now is doing is vital. Typically, kids in a public school will receive only 45 minutes of arts instruction a week, some receive none at all. Los Angeles is a city where it's under consideration to cut 300 arts educator positions from LAUSD, meaning that despite having one of the largest concentrations of artists, LA is a city where only those families who can afford private school will be exposed to the arts. Create Now fills an important role by providing not only arts instruction to an underserved, vulnerable population but also provides these children with guidance and support if they choose the arts as a career path. Create Now and organizations like it are supporting the next generation of artists in LA who will be diverse in their viewpoints rather than a homogenized group of upper-class citizens.

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create-now 03/30/2012

Thanks! We appreciate your recognition and acknowledgment of our work.

Donor

Rating: 5

Create Now serves vulnerable kids ages 2-25 who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, are left homeless, runaways, teen parents, substance abusers, victims of domestic violence, children of prisoners, gang members or incarcerated. The youth they serve come from poverty-stricken families with histories of violence, substance abuse, or neglect. As a parent, the thought of any child having to deal with these types of difficulties so early in life is tough to think about. They are simply not fortunate enough to have the opportunities that many of us take for granted on a daily basis.

Through their efforts, they match these kids and youth with mentors across Southern California, and provide healing through the arts and a positive outlet to express themselves.
The work that Create Now and their founder Jill Gurr does on a daily basis is extraordinary.

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create-now 03/29/2012

We really appreciate all your support, Paul!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen create now work and the dedicated staff the organization has . I think they do a fantastic work and I congratulate all the persons involved for what they have accomplished.

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create-now 03/29/2012

Thanks Juan. You're a great neighbor and an inspiration for the kids we serve!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gone with groups of at-risk youth (from shelters and group homes) to see plays at the Geffen Playhouse and Cirque du Soliel. The kids have generally never been exposed to theater, and their eyes really light up when they have the chance to participate. Exposing them to the arts gives them a new outlet for their feelings and frustrations, and it's great to be a part of it.

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create-now 03/29/2012

Thanks SO much for your support!

ccytherea

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I met Jill and learned of her work with Create Now only recently, and have placed her nonprofit at the top of my favorites. Many people I know have the gift to mentor but don't know where to start; her guidance and expertise are great contributions to get them started!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a new volunteer in the art department and recently helped out at a family housing shelter.
I worked with the kids to create a banner for their upcoming talent show
and it really turned out well. It was a very rewarding experience and I'm so proud to have been a part of the show.
Look forward to helping out more in the future!

Advisor

Rating: 4

Create Now offers a valuable service to the youth of Southern California. Through events and programs, I have been priveledged to experience the powerful hearts of these youth through music, art, and poetry. Thank you Jill and the Create Now Organization for your hard work and tremendous services. Michael

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Create Now provides programs for at-risk kids and teenagers. The courses provide both education and inspiration, offering the attendees not only an outlet for their creativity, but also skills in specific areas of the arts. I've had a wonderful experience working with this program as a volunteer. Create Now's support does not stop when a session ends. Attendees are encouraged to stay in touch with the organization and take advantage of additional resources and support as they move forward.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recipient of services from Create Now it is with great pleasure to share how much our kids have enjoyed working with this organization and their volunteers. We have partnered with Create Now for over five years and in this time period, hundreds of our kids were able to experience the warmth and kindness of this program. Thank you for supporting them; they deserve it and their mission and passion are pure.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with Create Now for many years and I must say they are absolutely a distinctive agency that provides fun filed creative and performing arts classes to the at-risk youth living in our transitional living program. As many as 20 youth in each individual class gets to create and transform through song, improve, stand up comedy and dance. For many of them this is a dream come through, and it gives them the opportunity to reach their full potential, and even discover potential they did not know they had.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Create Now doing an arts & crafts workshop for at risk youth. The kids absolutely loved the class and I was able to see how doing creative projects gave them confidence and self-esteem as well as a great deal of enjoyment. Create Now helps these kids channel their energy in a very positive way, doing a wide array of creative individual and group projects. It opens up all kinds of possibilities for these kids that they may not have ever thought would be available to them. I've seen first hand how beneficial these opportunities are for these great kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taught one standup comedy class for Create Now and it was a wonderful experience. Create Now gives at-risk youth the chance to reach artistic potential that they did not know they had. The organization provides youth the opportunity to access skills and creative talents that can increase their resiliency and change their life course.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create Now's organization is beyond hands on and inspiring! They make sure that everything and anything that can be done for these kids are done with flying colors! The love and passion is evident! I have volunteered in one of The Transitional Living Homes and they provided such support :) The kids were thrilled and were so empowered! A beautiful thing and a beautiful Non-Profit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create Now is such an amazing organization that is changing the lives of so many people. I have been working on their database for several months now, so I am not in direct contact with the kids, but it's not hard for me to see that Jill and the mentors are very dedicated in helping the kids that are going through hard times. I'm sure that they will all remember the wonderful experiences that they have had with Create Now. It is truly an honor to be able to work with this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Create Now is a truly grassroots organization that efficiently manages volunteers and community partnerships to provide creative arts resources for kids most in need of them. The accomplishments Create Now has achieved are truly the result of a labor of love and community effort, led by the vision of a very passionate and caring founder.

Lynda W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been maintaining Create Now's web site since 2006. As a graphic designer and a singer, I know how arts can inspire and bring out the best in everyone, old or young. I've seen it change lives in both small and large ways, and nobody facilitates this better in the lives of at-risk young people than Create Now. It's a privilege to be part of this dynamic, life-affirming group of people.

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create-now 01/25/2011

Thanks SO much for your hard work in maintaining our website and newsletters, Lynda. We couldn't promote our work without great volunteers like you who dedicate hours of your valuable time to help spread the word about Create Now. We're very grateful for your years of support, including the cash donations you've made. You're an angel!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with at-risk or high-risk youths and sharing creative time with them. I am honored that these kids allow me to share this fragile time of their lives with them. I have so many good memories about being creative and if what we are creating with these kids can be positive memories for them, I would happy to have been a part of that experience. The kids deserve this and so much more. The energy, creativity and curiosity they bring each week and is amazing!

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create-now 01/24/2011

Thanks for your comments Ronda. I'm so glad that the Introduction to Art workshops at Hillsides are going so well! We can't wait to visit and see the cool stuff that you're helping the kids to create. Let us know when you're ready for more materials and projects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CREATE NOW is such a valuable resource for both the volunteers who bring their own experience to the youth, and for the youth who experience the give and take of shared creativity, teaching, arts programs, and the discovery of their own talents. I've watched this organization grow from the very beginning, have given presentations for the events, and attended many of the arts events opened to the youth - music, theatre, and other performance arts. It is always amazing to watch the young people and see their eyes light up, their enthusiasms be raised, and their imaginations sparked by their exposure to talented professionals. Even more rewarding is to watch the kids themselves perform their own creative works. Mentoring really does make a difference! The dedication and hard work of the staff and volunteers of Create Now is to be highly commended. It would be great to see them have even more resources to strengthen and expand their current programs.

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create-now 01/22/2011

Thank you so much for all of the many contributions you've made to Create Now for the past 14 years, Pamela. Your presentations have helped our mentors and youth to grow tremendously and we really appreciate your guidance and support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s been said that when you become a mentor, you are the person who gets the most out of it. It’s true. My time with Create Now and meeting Jill Gurr turned out to be quite beneficial to me. I am the first generation of an openly out of the closet homosexual, and it was important for me to find a group of young GLBT members because I thought that maybe I could be a positive influence to them. Well, the irony to that wish is that they taught me to be more comfortable in my own skin. Of course I taught them the craft of screenwriting, or the basics of how to tell a story, but because we got to share our stories and ideas we discovered our own voice and ways to express these ideas. It was a powerful lesson which also included a lot of fun.

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create-now 01/22/2011

LGBT youth often have to face great challenges, like being thrown out of their homes and/or being abused by others because of their sexual preferences. These kids deserve to follow their dreams. Thanks for leading such a great screenwriting workshop, David, which has given them a positive outlet for expression.