New Earth was founded in a Hollywood coffee shop in 2004. Sixteen years later, we’re serving 800 young people per year in our center in Culver City, probation camps, group homes, juvenile halls, continuation schools, and public schools throughout Los Angeles County.
The young people we work with largely come from communities characterized by high concentrations of poverty, violence, and gang activity. Upon release from incarceration, our young people return to their old neighborhoods with few resources to help them successfully reintegrate into society, let alone to address barriers to success such as difficulty re-enrolling in school or finding employment. As a result, in Los Angeles County, 70% of youth released from juvenile detention facilities are rearrested within a year of their release. New Earth’s unique model proves its success – with a less than 7% recidivism rate among members currently enrolled in New Earth programs.
At our New Earth Arts & Leadership Center in Culver City, young people receive career training and paid work experience, a fully accredited high school diploma program, mentorship, case management, nature expeditions, arts programming, and wrap-around services that help them re-enter their communities with the support and nurturing they need to create lifelong success.
New Earth teaches F.L.O.W. (Fluent Love of Words) throughout youth detention facilities, continuation schools, group homes, and at its own Arts & Leadership Center to youth ages 13-25. This empowering poetry and music program focuses on helping young people discover and craft their inner voice, share their experiences, and express themselves through art. F.L.O.W. uses a project-based learning curriculum that teaches students about the structure of poetry and then guides them to tell their own stories through poetry pieces. They then create musical beats and record their poetry to the beats. Once the music is recorded, students learn how to edit and engineer their own songs. Each module concludes with a showcase where students share their work in a public group of peers and facility staff. The class promotes literacy and enhances writing skills through English writing, reading comprehension, and critical thinking instruction based on the California Language Arts Standards of education.
Learn more about the program or make a donation to support our mission at http://www.newearthlife.org/overview/
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