1611 S Hope St, Los Angeles, Ca 90015
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Our mission Create Now’s mission is to empower at-risk and high-risk youth and young adults from ages 3 to 24 (Transition Age Youth) through a variety of arts programs in multi-disciplines that help them to heal and thrive.
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Create Now

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Ways to help

Volunteer Mentor

We offer mentors the chance to share their knowledge and experience with the kids who need it the most in our community. Experience in any of the arts are welcome, even as a hobbyist. We can also help you teach simple Arts and Crafts workshops that don’t require any specific talents. For those volunteers without an artistic expertise, you can become a Life Skills Mentor, teaching financial literacy, college opportunities and job interview techniques to a group of youth. Most of our partner agencies require mentors who work with the children to be at least 21-years-old.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays

Strategic Projects and Marketing

There are many ways to help Create Now, such as by serving on one of our committees (Fundraising, Marketing/PR, Strategic Planning and Finance). Support is also needed for tasks like organizing our arts supplies storage room or assisting with marketing.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support, Indoor
  • None, On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays

Special Events

Create Now sometimes needs volunteers for short-term events, like our Power of the Arts Festivals, assistance with fundraising benefits and special projects with the kids. Let us know if these opportunities are of interest and we’ll contact you when they occur.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support
  • On-site
  • Evenings, Weekends
Items we need now


Create Now needs arts supplies, musical instruments, new toys, gifts appropriate for teens and young adults, digital cameras, tickets to concerts, plays and other cultural events, computer equipment and similar items that can be used for Create Now’s programs, and as souvenirs for our youth. Here’s a list of in-kind donations needed. Please make sure that all equipment works: PROGRAM SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT:
  • Art materials (paints, brushes, drawing pads and pencils, canvases, tarps, stencils, etc.)
  • Computer equipment
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital audio players
  • Portable Bluetooth speakers
  • Video equipment (cameras, lights, mics, stands)
  • New toys
  • Board games
  • Guitars, keyboards and percussion instruments
  • Decorations for arts projects and clothing
  • Healthy snacks and drinks
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • New children’s books
  • If you have tickets that you can’t use or seats to fill, contact [email protected]
GIFT BAG ITEMS: Everyday Life:
  • Tote and duffel bags
  • Gift cards from Amazon, Target, and easily accessible stores
  • Backpacks
  • Cell phones and accessories
  • Umbrellas
  • Blankets
  • Hygiene kits
  • Safety Kits
  • Toothbrushes and paste
  • Deodorant
  • Soaps and shampoo
  • Blankets
  • Keychains
  • Wallets
  • Money clips
  • Purses
  • Travel cases
Arts Supplies:
  • Art Kits
  • Stickers
  • Coloring books
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Diaries
  • Journals
  • Headphones
  • Earphones
  • Picture Frames
  • Small sketch pads
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolors and other paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Small instruments, like harmonicas and rattles
  • Sunglasses
  • Watches
  • Colognes and perfumes
  • Socks
  • Fashionable sneakers
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • T-shirts
  • Pajamas
  • Costume jewelry
  • Nail polish
  • Lotions
  • Hairbrushes and accessories
  • Makeup
  • Gift sets
Toys and Games:
  • Popular toys
  • Digital games
  • Puzzles
  • Stuffed animals
  • Playing cards
  • Portable games
  • Video game
  • Video consoles and players
  • Toy cars and trucks
School Supplies:
  • Rulers
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Pencil cases
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Small/Narrow Binders
  • Calculators
Additional Stuff:
  • Gift bags
  • Tissue paper
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Stress reliever gadgets
  • Anything you think our kids might like
Every bit helps, and you will receive an IRS letter of substantiation as a record of your contribution. We would appreciate the delivery of donations, which can be arranged at your convenience. Thank you for your support! Contact our Founder and CEO Jill Gurr if you would like to donate: (213) 747-2777 x 1 or [email protected].
  • Wishlist – Amazon, etc
How you help Volunteering is rewarding and helps build healthy, sustainable communities, thereby empowering individuals. We offer mentors the chance to share their knowledge and experience with the kids who need it the most in our community.
About us We focus on the most vulnerable kids who are abused, neglected, orphaned, homeless, victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking, on probation, incarcerated or experiencing other severe challenges. Although small in size, our staff taps into many resources in the community to provide quality arts programs and services. Create Now has reached more than 48,000 youth in 23 years. Every year, Create Now brings thousands of kids to concerts, plays and other cultural events at premier venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy Museum and Cirque du Soleil.
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