What We Do

Arts Programs for Hard-to-Reach Youth in need

Youth Partners

Create Now works with 160 partner agencies, including homeless, runaway and domestic abuse shelters, foster care group homes, special needs schools, rehab centers, mental health clinics and detention facilities in Southern California to bring our seven pillar arts programs to these at-risk youth. To ensure that our programs have tangible, long-term impact, we incorporate career planning into each of our programs.


We recruit and train our volunteers to mentor kids right in their own neighborhoods, based on their preferences regarding the children’s ages, genders, challenges and more.


We provide arts supplies, ongoing support and culmination events for all of our programs, and the chance for volunteers to safely keep in contact with their mentees once their programs have ended.


We send out regular notices to our partner agencies with information about scholarships, internships, free resources and job opportunities, which reach thousands of Southern California's most disadvantaged youth.

ARTS PROGRAMs for underfunded schools

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Reducing Dropouts

Create Now implements high-impact programs in Title 1 schools where students receive limited to no arts education. These 12-16 session classes are taught by professional teaching artists.

Common Core

We follow California Common Core State Standards.

Outcome TrackiNG

Career preparation is an important part of our curricula. We use the ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) assessment tool, along with pre- and post surveys and qualitative analysis from students, teachers, parents and administrators to evaluate the impact of our classes.

Low-Income Community Arts Projects

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Capping Violence

Our CAP (Community Arts Projects) initiative helps to cap violence in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods. These programs bond families and bring neighbors together, while easing tensions.

The arts projects can be organized for targeted areas at public parks and centers, or with our partner agencies. Create Now will tailor a program that is based on your group or company’s goals and budget.