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We empower youth through arts education and mentoring.

Total Youth Served

Founded in 1996, Create Now serves children and young adults from ages 3 to 24 (transitional-age foster youth) through arts programs in music,  fashion, writing, visual arts, digital media and culinary arts.

Through Cultural Journeys, each year we bring thousands of youth to concerts, museums, circuses, plays and unique events at premier venues.

We reach at-risk children from low-income families and focus on foster youth who have faced abuse and neglect or been orphaned, and those kids dealing with homelessness, incarceration or similar challenges – the “forgotten children.”

Create Now has reached more than 45,000 of the most vulnerable youth in Southern California during the last 23 years.

Arts Programs

Create Now’s programming focuses on eight main areas

Videos

Cultural Journeys

Psomas “Paper Yacht Challenge”

Create a City

Create a Mural 2018

Highlighted Programs

What People Say

“Two of my teenage girls on probation fell in love with dance after Create Now gave us tickets to see the Los Angeles Ballet. They took classes and then taught ballet to some little girls in our housing projects, who now all want to be ballerinas based on what the older girls do.”
Kimberly McKinney,
Probation Officer, Watts Housing Projects
“Some of our kids deal with high anxiety and different forms of abuse at home. This acting workshop is bringing out a lot of their talents that usually lie dormant. It’s fun and lighthearted and lets them show off their talents like singing, dancing and acting.”
Lionel Ruff,
Youth Counselor, Vista Del Mar
“Partnering with Create Now provides truly individualized and engaging arts instruction to our students. We’ve noticed a remarkable change in them, including an increase in confidence and an awakening of the possibilities outside of the realm of the classroom.”
Mallory Barnes,
Regional Director of Strategic Partnerships, Aspire Charter Schools
“This class is the highlight of the year! I’ve never been so confident in myself, or so committed to something in my life, not even video games.”
Edwin,
student at Vaughan Middle School
I have been leading a Journalism Workshop for teenage girls at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, for almost three years now. To say it has changed my life is an understatement. I love the mentoring work I do so much that I want to — need to — find a way to do it full-time. It’s amazing what you get when you give.
- Holly Richmond
Former Writer/Editor, / “Seventeen,” now in Masters program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Santa Barbara
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.
-Federico Bustamente
Outreach and Activities Coordinator, Casa Libre Youth Shelter
I happened to run into the mother of Daniel, one of the boys that I’m working with at Camp David Gonzalez. She told me that Daniel talked about me and our class every week with great enthusiasm. She was absolutely thrilled that he was asking for books and wanted to read more.
- Glenda Shaw
Writer/Producer, / "Leeza Gibbons" and "Montel"

Honors & Awards

Create Now is proud to be recognized by these distinguished organizations.

Guidestar
Greatnonprofits
association of corporate counsel SOCAL
association of corporate counsel SOCAL
association of corporate counsel SOCAL
British Council
INTERNATIONAL VISITORS COUNCIL OF LOS ANGELES
Volunteer Service Organization
ANNENBERG ALCHEMY