CREATE NOW - February 2016

 

CREATE NOW
Los Angeles, CA

 

"Transforming lives through creative arts mentoring and education."

 

 

 

Create Now gives youth opportunities to find their voices through the arts. Their organization focuses on using arts education as a therapeutic intervention tool for troubled youth, and their programs also help to prevent cycles of abuse, homelessness and violence. By also teaching students in schools who are at-risk of dropping out, children are able to express themselves positively and safely, which ends truancy and other negative behaviors.

  

 

“If it weren’t for the saxophone, I don’t think I would even be here today because I was a troublemaker. As soon as I got that horn from Create Now, I decided to stop any gang affiliations. I got into the history of music and the life of a musician. I hope to someday be a professional saxophone player so I can inspire others to do the same.” – Frank Trujillo (formerly in the foster system and incarcerated)

 

Create Now 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. Create Now provides training and materials to implement therapeutic programs in music, writing, visual arts, dance, fashion and more at 100+ partner agencies, like shelters and group homes.

 

 

 “I like this class because it teaches me how to draw better.” Jaden – age 9, in our Create a Mural Now workshop at LA Family Housing homeless shelter. 

 

 

Each year, Create Now brings thousands of these forgotten children who have fallen through the cracks to concerts, plays and other cultural events at premiere venues in the region. They have reached 35,000 of the neediest youth in Southern California during the last 19 years.  According to Outreach Coordinator Federico Bustamente, “Here at the shelter, we can fill the gaps in our youths’ basic needs, but the more important gaps that help them find themselves as individuals and grow as young adults come from the experiences and mentorship provided by selfless and enthusiastic organizations like Create Now and its vibrant team of dedicated individuals.”  EVERYMAN is happy to partner with Create Now and highlight their efforts during the month of February.  During this time your purchases at everymanshop.com will also financially benefit Create Now. 

 

 HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:

1.  Donate

2.  Volunteer to Mentor

3.  Join a Committee

4.  Like us and Share!

              a) Facebook

              b) Twitter

              c) Instagram

              d) YouTube

 

As a GivebackPartner, Create Now is featured on our website and social media for the entire month.  At the conclusion of the month Create Now receives a cash donation from EVERYMAN in honor of their commitment towards mentoring future generations of young men.  To be featured as EVERYMAN's GivebackPartner please email everyman@everymanshop.com with the subject line GivebackPartner.