Create Now is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that gives youth opportunities to find their voices through arts mentoring and education.
We provide training and materials to implement therapeutic programs in eight main areas: Visual Arts, Music, Literary Arts, Digital Media, Performing Arts, Fashion Design, Culinary Arts and Cultural Journeys where each year, we bring thousands of these "forgotten children" who have fallen through the cracks to concerts, plays, museums and other cultural events at premiere venues in the region.
Create Now especially serves children ages 2-21 who have been abused, neglected, homeless, domestic violence victims, incarcerated, etc. by matching them with artists, writers, musicians, actors, dancers and others, including mentors who teach life skills. We collaborate with 166 partner agencies, like shelters, detention facilities, mental health clinics, schools and group homes to implement our programs with the neediest kids who have fallen through the cracks.
Our programs vary from one-day events to longer-term workshops of 12-16 weeks. All programs are customized to meet the needs of the youth, as well as our volunteers and partner agencies. The evaluation of our programs utilize highly-acclaimed pre- and post surveys, plus ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software.
We emphasize job preparation and career development throughout all of our programs. All of our programs culminate with parties for the kids and every child receives a gift bag with special Certificates of Completion and lasting souvenirs.
While Create Now focuses on using arts education as an intervention tool for vulnerable youth, our programs help prevent cycles of abuse, homelessness and violence. We also reach disadvantaged students in Title 1 schools who are at-risk of dropping out.
Create Now sends out regular notices to our partners about scholarships, arts contests, free resources and much more than reach tens of thousands of the neediest youth. We have served more than 44,000 of the neediest youth in Southern California during the last 23 years.
Learn more by visiting the Create Now website.