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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: Create Now has reached over 36,000 of the most troubled youth in Southern California during the last 20 years.

Target demographics: We serve vulnerable kids ages 2-21 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. 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 at-risk youth in Title 1 schools.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 3,000 of the neediest youth in the region

Geographic areas served: All of Southern California - Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego, Santa Barbara

Programs: Music, Visual Arts, Writing, Fashion, Digital Media, Performing Arts, Cultural Journeys

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66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Create Now off and on over the past several years and, speaking from the standpoint of a mentor, CN has been tremendous in placing me where I'd do the most good, supporting me with my questions and concerns, and staying in touch with me throughout the experience to monitor how my programs were going.

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create-now 09/18/2010

Thanks so much for your time and energy, Ron. I know how busy you are, yet you always find time to help the kids to discover themselves through their creative writing. We're really looking forward to having you back at Phoenix House next week for your newest workshop.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This experienced enriched my life beyond belief. I can only hope it did close to the same for "my girls."

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create-now 09/18/2010

Thanks Holly! You’re a phenomenal mentor and so dedicated, having mentored for three years at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility. Your writing assignments for the girls are still being used by our other mentors. You’re going to be a wonderful therapist for them. Jill

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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create-now 09/18/2010

Thanks Leslie. You really know how to reach these girls, and to teach them fun, advanced projects that build their self-esteem. And you've also got a lot of patience to deal with the challenges at the detention camp. We're looking forward to having you back there again soon. Jill

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Create now provides an avenue for volunteers who have the time and the heart to help others who could greatly benefit. My experience in dealing with at-risk youth and teaching them how to create things was so rewarding, because it gave them confidence that they could create awesome things themselves, and it also gave these kids something to look forward to every week. In the short summer that I volunteered with the organization, I developed great relationships with many awesome people.

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create-now 09/18/2010

Thanks Samantha! Your help with our Introduction to Art Workshop was so appreciated by everyone at L.A. Family Housing. All of those children who were previously homeless will now have terrific crafts projects that you helped them to make, which will build their self-esteem. We look forward to having you mentor again soon. Jill