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Create Now is hosting a Fashion Show Benefit on Saturday, August 8. Come see the amazing garments made by foster youth taking our Fashion Design workshops at group homes. Enjoy great food, drinks, a silent auction and live music. Have a blast making jewelry and art while raising money for Create Now to reach 4,000 more kids this year.
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Founded in 1996, Create Now serves children and young adults from ages 3 to 24 (Transitional Age Youth) through arts programs in music, fashion, writing, performance, 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 homeless and foster youth who have faced abuse and neglect or been orphaned, and those kids dealing with homelessness, incarceration and similar challenges – the “forgotten children.”
Create Now has reached more than 49,000 of the most vulnerable youth in Southern California during the last 24 years.
Create Now’s programming focuses on eight main areas
“Musically Speaking” at Rowan Avenue Elementary School
Create a Show
Arts for Skid Row Kids
Create Now has temporarily stopped our Fashion Design classes at Maryvale in Rosemead and Hillsides in Pasadena (foster group homes) sponsored by the GO Campaign because of Covid-19, but the teenage foster girls living at Maryvale group home in Rosemead made...
Last year, Create Now brought 2,290 youth on our Cultural Journeys program! They got to experience amazing performances, like Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna and also Corteo, the iPalpiti Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall, J. Balvin, and a variety of concerts at the...
Thanks to the California Arts Council for honoring Create Now with a grant from their Youth Arts Action initiative. Through their support, we provided 35 at-risk students at Logan Elementary and Middle School in Echo Park with our “Create a Show” performing arts...
Thanks to L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis for sponsoring two of Create Now’s early education music programs that use steady beat. Research proves that teaching a young child how to keep a steady beat impacts neural and cognitive mechanisms, which accelerates...
Thanks to a donation from US Bank, Create Now hosted our 7th Annual Holiday Party. 50+ kids of all ages from the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Watts, at-risk youth from Highland Park, plus runaway and homeless teenagers from the Angel's Flight emergency shelter...
Our partner Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row is a temporary shelter for 150-180 children. Facing homelessness is a struggle for youth. They often feel anxious and stressed when living under such difficult circumstances. Studies reveal these kids have higher levels of...
Logan Elementary/Middle School is located in Echo Park. 90% of the students are Hispanic and 89% are from low-income families. Test scores at this school fall far below the state average. These students are making less academic progress from one grade to the next...
On any given night in Los Angeles, more than 2,300 transition-age youth (TAY) experience homelessness. Ages 18-24, most have been abused, neglected, orphaned, and left to fend for themselves on the streets. They often lack social and life skills, any goals and...
Thanks to Clinical Psychologist Dr. Alexa Altman, Create Now provided a class in a Japanese art form called Kintsugi at Penny Lane in Northridge. Foster kids and young adults were taught how to glue pottery shards together to make something that was broken become much...
Runaway teens can find refuge at Angel’s Flight in the Ramparts district. Most are fleeing from abusive families. This shelter also accepts youth ages 10 through 17 who have been thrown out of their homes, and those not allowed to live in adult shelters with their...