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"Formula-E" Rubber Band Car Racing

Arts and Crafts at Hillsides

Three Industrial Design grad students, Garrett Dobbs, Joe Kane and Gary Cheung from Art Center College of Design, mentored a group of foster boys ages 11-18 years old in drawing and building their own cars. This event took place at Create Now's office downtown on July 13th where these abused, neglected, abandoned and orphaned kids learned innovative engineering techniques, and then had fun racing their handmade cars using rubber bands!

Gary enthused, "What struck me the hardest was that these kids are no different than anyone else in society. They were even more polite than many others. The workshop really helped us realize the realities of this world and how we are not all that different than these kids. I cannot thank you enough for helping us see the world in a new light and leveling our heads."

The LeRoy Haynes Recreation Coordinator Lorenzo noted, "This exposes them to how science can be fun. Also, the boys bonded. They live in the same cottage, but don't always like the same things. In addition to the workshop, they were playing with your drums and guitars. That opened up new friendships, or added to them."

On Thursday, August 7th at the 9th Annual "Formula-E" Race at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Youth from the New Dawn and LeRoy Haynes group homes participated with teams from China, several Southern California campuses and Mattel's "Hot Wheels" racing in various competitions that require all cars to be propelled by rubber bands.

Create Now participated with a booth, and our kids showed off their rubber band cars and artwork. Dozens of other homeless and foster children also attended the event to enjoy the festivities.

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Create Now is proud to be a participant in the 2014 Annenberg Alchemy+ program.

We're grateful to Verifi, Inc. for their generous donation, and the seven employees who participated in one of our workshops. They volunteered on August 6th to help 23 foster children have fun by making arts and crafts projects.

Our partner, Hillsides, in Pasadena, is a residential group home for 66 kids who have been removed from their families because of abuse, neglect, abandonment and being orphaned. They suffer from insecurity and low self-esteem. Creating diverse arts and crafts projects is therapeutic. The activities help to build their confidence and provide them with lasting memories of their positive experience.

Artist Sharee Allen led a "Medicine Bag" project where the youth made neck pouches to hold their valuables. The kids made "Dream Boards" out of magazines, decorated cigar boxes as "Treasure Chests," and small address books. They also used recycled materials to design kaleidoscopes.

The Verifi volunteers connected with some of the kids. Aileen Dunham exclaimed, "This was truly an amazing experience that hopefully we can share again in the future."

Lena, age 10. said "I enjoyed making the box. I picked a bunch of stuff and then a bunch when back so I was back and forth. Thanks for the hot glue guns."

Shaneesh, age 10. remarked, "My favorite part of this whole thing was making those things you get to see through (kaleidoscopes)."

Thanks to everyone at Verifi for making this project possible. Contact us if your company would like to sponsor a workshop so that your employees can give back to the neediest children in our community.

Create Now is honored to have been selected as a 2013 Top-Rated Education Nonprofit by Guidestar and Great Nonprofits.

LA County Arts Council LogoCreate Now is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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We're grateful to Verifi, Inc. for their generous donation, and the support of seven of their employees. They volunteered on August 6th to help 23 foster children make fun arts and crafts projects.

Our partner Hillsides in Pasadena is a residential group home for 66 kids who have been removed from their families because of abuse, neglect, abandonment and being orphaned. They suffer from insecurity and low self-esteem. Creating diverse arts and crafts projects is therapeutic. The activities help to build their confidence and provide them with lasting memories of their positive experience.

Artist Sharee Allen led a "Medicine Bag" project where the youth made neck pouches to hold their valuables. The kids made "Dream Boards" out of magazines, decorated cigar boxes as "Treasure Chests," and small address books. They also used recycled materials to design kaleidoscopes.

The Verifi volunteers connected with some of the kids. Aileen Dunham exclaimed, "This was truly an amazing experience that hopefully we can share again in the future."

Lena, age 10 said "I enjoyed making the box. I picked a bunch of stuff and then a bunch when back so I was back and forth. Thanks for the hot glue guns."

Shaneesh, age 10 remarked, "My favorite part of this whole thing was making those things you get to see through (kaleidoscopes)."

Thanks to everyone at Verifi for making this project possible. Contact us if your company would like to provide your employees with the chance to give back to the neediest children in our community.

Create Now is honored to have been selected as a 2013 Top-Rated Education Nonprofit by Guidestar and Great Nonprofits.

LA County Arts Council LogoCreate Now is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.