NEW EARTH ORGANIZATION

Transforming Future Leaders

aka New Earth Organization   |   Culver City, CA   |  www.newearthlife.org

Mission

New Earth provides mentor-based arts, educational, and vocational programs that empower juvenile justice and system-involved youth ages 13-25 to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of our community. We are committed to significantly reducing the youth recidivism rate in Los Angeles. New Earth is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.

Notes from the nonprofit

New Earth is proud to be the winner of Social Venture Partner's 2013 Fast Pitch Competition as well as the recipient of the 2012 Josephine "Scout" Fuller Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR).

Ruling year info

1997

Founder and President

Dr. Harry Grammer

Executive Vice President

Ms. Yana Simone

Main address

6001 Bristol Pkwy Suite 200

Culver City, CA 90230 USA

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EIN

33-0705045

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

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F.L.O.W.

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.

Population(s) Served

Gardening is proven to be an effective therapeutic tool that is known to decrease stress levels and anxiety. This sense of peace helps our students face their frustrations and challenges while giving them a positive outlet for their expression. In a therapeutic sense, if students enjoy the fruits of their labor, they are more inclined to complete and enjoy their personal goals.

Population(s) Served

Beyond Boundaries wilderness expeditions take outstanding alumni on day trips and weeklong camping trips, allowing them time for reflection and restoration before they return to their home environment. These journeys into the wilderness allow participants to reflect and root themselves in nature.

Population(s) Served

In collaboration with the Culver City Police Department, the Culver City School District, and LA County, our Youth Diversion & Development program serves young people who would be arrested and or/expelled from school within city limits. This revolutionary program provides young people with leadership training in lieu of arrest or suspension/expulsion ultimately diverting them away from entering the justice system. This partnership is a unique solution, combining law enforcement, the school district, and New Earth programs and truly plugging the school to prison pipeline. This program empowers our young people to make healthier choices by exploring identity, purpose and a prosperous future through arts and career training.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Fast Pitch Competition Grand Prize 2013

Social Venture Partners

Fast Pitch Annenberg Audience Award 2013

Social Venture Partners

Josephine "Scout" Fuller Award 2012

Psychologists for Social Responsibility

Goals & Strategy

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New Earth's purpose is to reduce and eventually end recidivism for incarcerated youth in L.A. County and prevent entry into the juvenile justice system entirely for at-risk youth who have not had legal trouble.

New Earth creates new worlds for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth. We interrupt the patterns that lead them to becoming the next statistic. This is done through a series of innovative arts and educational-based mentorship and post-release programs that nurture self- expression, stimulate positive growth and promote systemic change. Our programs take our students from correction to introspection to new direction; helping release self-imposed and societal barriers to realize their full potential. Recidivism reduction is accomplished by deconstructing the criminal identity that has been imposed on youth through the use of music, creative arts and self-expression; rebuilding positive self-identity and empowering youth with a strong sense of self. New Earth programs expose each youth to their uniqueness, talent, creative/personal potentials, and self-control, as well as to the possibilities that await them in a world BEYOND the 'old' neighborhood and negative influences stunting personal growth.

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NEW EARTH ORGANIZATION

Board of directors
as of 09/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jayson Mercurius

JLM Strategic Talent Partners

Term: 2019 -

Harry Grammer

New Earth Organization

LaShondra Mercurius

JLM Strategic Talent Partners

Casey Affleck

Actor/Director/Producer

Bradford Bancroft

Marriage & Family Therapist

Ali Aratsu

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

Marsha Watkins

LA County Department of Education