BENEFITING: Create Now, Inc.
Yale Minn wrote -
As some of you know, I had the pleasure of spending my last three years teaching in Title I elementary and middle schools. "Title I" is a label for schools, where at least 40% of students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.
Prior to teaching, I enjoyed six years experiencing the U.S Navy and working with very bright and self motivated individuals. I feel incredibly lucky to have learned from respected scholars, elite athletes, and leaders of the Navy/Marine corps.
Why is it important to support this seemingly random trek up Mt.Kilimanjaro? This fundraising trip is focused around two themes: advocacy for arts education and behavioral neuroscience research. I believe that many students in Title I schools are not able to think or produce at a higher level of thinking ,because their basic needs are not fulfilled. Friendships, security, a sense of accomplishment, and most importantly, proper health.
Through programs in music, writing, visual arts, performing arts, digital media and fashion design, Create Now brings the therapeutic power of the arts to kids ages 2-21 who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, left homeless and dealing with similar challenges throughout Los Angeles County and the adjacent region. This charity has reached almost 40,000 of the most vulnerable children during the last 20 years. However, with budget cuts to the arts, Create Now needs your support so they can expand their outreach to the tens of thousands of the neediest children.
I am particularly fond of arts programs, because of their relevance and importance in developing motivated and creative youth. Many of the arts programs in California are not properly supported in urban schools, due to a lack of funding and resources.
My goal is to raise $100,000 on this trek towards the summit of Mt.Kilimanjaro. 100% of the funds for this trip will be donated to “Create Now”. This incredible organization is devoted to helping youth ﬁnd their voices through arts mentoring and education. 50% of the students in our inner-city schools drop out, and yet the arts have been proven to motivate our youth to complete their education and pursue jobs and careers. I am very excited to raise funds for our incredible children of Los Angeles!
Thank you for your time, and I hope we can work together to support innovative education!
Yale Minn, TeacherBuildingUSA