Create Now's programming focuses on seven main areas: Visual Arts, Music, Literary Arts, Digital Media, Performing Arts, Fashion Design, and Cultural Journeys.
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.
We recruit and train our volunteer mentors as well as professional teaching artists, and then help them to develop curricula that follow California Common Core State Standards.
We emphasize job preparation and career development throughout all of our programs.
Create Now provides all the materials, resources and ongoing support for our programs. All of our workshops culminate with a fun party and gift bags with unique Certificates of Completion and lasting souvenirs for each student.
The evaluation of our programs utilize SETS (Student Evaluation Tracking System) by Merge Education and ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software.
Our customized SETS program allows us to track instructional performance, consistency of effort, goal attainment, skill achievement, ability to concentrate, focus and listen, motivation, confidence and the ability to understand directions.
For our LA Promise Neighborhood programs, Create Now also utilizes the comprehensive, longitudinal data system ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) to measure criteria established by the Department of Education. This includes teacher, student and parent participation and feedback, which are linked to student academic achievement.
In addition, we gauge the milestones of our programs through:
(1) mentor/teaching artist notes on each student’s group interaction, youth feedback and staff notes on youth attitudes;
(2) pre- and post-workshop written surveys to evaluate an improvement in performance skills and also comprehension of the material;
(3) assessment by youth, mentors and facility staff for increased self-esteem, enhanced coping skills and greater self-awareness.
A 2009 formal evaluation sponsored by the Department of Probation of three Create Now Introduction to Fine Art workshops held at Camp Joseph Scott in Saugus showed that 81% of the incarcerated teenage girls who participated in our classes had higher self-esteem than other probation youth at the same detention center. This is an important benchmark for this population of youth.
(4) post-workshop review of each child’s behavior after the workshop has been completed to assess the longer term impact of the experience; and
(5) qualitative testimonials from youth, teachers, administrators and parents.