Our Story

OUR QUEST TO BE UNSTOPPABLE

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.

OUR QUEST TO BE UNSTOPPABLE

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.

“IMAGINE IF YOU WERE JUDGED FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE FOR A MISTAKE THAT YOU MADE AS A CHILD. INCARCERATED CHILDREN ARE STILL CHILDREN.”

— Harry Grammer

A SHORT HISTORY

  • 2003

    Harry Grammer begins Expression Mondays in a coffee shop in Hollywood.

  • 2004

    New Earth is born and officially becomes a 501(c)(3) organization. The founding Board is formed and F.L.O.W. begins in foster care group homes.

  • 2005

    New Earth’s F.L.O.W. poetry program begins at Camp Gonzales as a partnership with LACOE.

  • 2006

    F.L.O.W. adds music and students record their words as raps to the beats they create. 

  • 2007

    F.L.O.W. begins at Pacific Lodge Boys Home in Woodland Hills.

  • 2009

    New Earth’s Down to Earth community gardening program begins at Camp Gonzales.

  • 2010

    Down to Earth is brought to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall.

  • 2011

    New Earth offers programs in youth detention facilities across Los Angeles County – serving over 700 young people per week. 

  • 2012

    New Earth moves its offices into the Center for Arts & Educational Justice in Santa Monica.

  • 2013

    Harry Grammer wins the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch competition and New Earth is awarded $20,000. The Explore program launches. New Earth offers case management and wrap-around services to its program alumni. 

  • 2015

    The New Earth Arts & Leadership Center opens in Culver City.

  • 2016

    F.L.O.W. begins at the Orange County Juvenile Hall. New Earth YouthBuild graduates 8 young people with High School Diplomas. Explore grows its workforce to 15 alumni staff. 

  • 2017

    Harry Grammer is selected as a CNN Hero for empowering system-involved youth. New Earth graduates 18 youth who were previously disconnected from work and school.

  • 2018

    Harry Grammer is selected as one of 20 inaugural Obama Foundation Fellow​s out of more than 20,000 applicants from 190 countries. New Earth Graduates 38 young people – the largest graduating class yet! 

  • 2019

    New Earth celebrates 15 years as a 501(c)(3) and begins a Youth Diversion and Development partnership with the Culver City Police Department. The program diverts youth away from arrest and enters them into New Earth’s programs instead, thereby preventing the young people from ever entering the juvenile justice system. By this time, New Earth has served over 30,000 young people with its programs and services and graduated a total of 77 young people from high school.

  • 2020

    New Earth responds to the COVID-19 crisis by providing immediate essential resources, such as baby supplies and groceries, to the most economically vulnerable youth and families in Los Angeles, in addition to continuing case management and programming both remotely and in-person with proper physical distancing. 

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.

VISION

New Earth believes that all young people deserve dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We believe that education, arts, mentorship, and jobs are critical in keeping youth engaged, inspired, and free from gang involvement. We believe in the limitless potential of our youth to become leaders when provided consistent and healthy guidance and support.  

New Earth creates new worlds for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth through a series of transformative arts and educational programs and enrichment opportunities that nurture self-expression, stimulate positive growth, and address emotional barriers for young people to realize their full potential. 

VALUES

We are committed to justice and transformation. We push boundaries as innovators. Teamwork and collaboration are at the heart of what we do. We nurture leadership, self-initiative, and personal responsibility. We are consistently consistent and persistently persistent with a high level of integrity. 

New Earth

6001 Bristol Pkwy #200
Culver City, CA
90230

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