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Innovative Leadership Program for Formerly Incarcerated Youth Opens in Culver City

Official Opening of the New Earth Arts and Leadership Center

Los Angeles, CA: New Earth, a non profit organization that provides mentor-based arts, educational, and vocational programs for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth, ages 13-24, just opened a comprehensive re-entry center that includes educational programs, a career training center, jobs, and other services focused on life skills and leadership.

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Out of juvie, into nature: Los Angeles youths run webcams to livestream wildlife around globe

Harry Grammer, the CEO of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that works with young adults, wanted to give kids recently out of the juvenile justice system real jobs and marketable skills. Article seen on —

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GRASSROOTS GIVER: NEW EARTH USES MUSIC & POETRY TO REDUCE YOUTH RECIDIVISM IN L.A.

Each year in Los Angeles there are approximately 30,000 young adults put into probation or in jail. New Earth aims to change that.

“In L.A. County, we have 30,000 youth in probation or locked up. That’s more than any metropolitan city in the world. Chicago and New York have much higher crime rates, yet there are more kids locked up here than in any other place,” said Yana Simone, co-founder and Executive Director of the New Earth Organization.

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FAST PITCH

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). Additionally, we are the only L.A. non-profit organization to be Teaching Technology Common Core Leadership certified by The Los Angeles County Office of Education.

New Earth is honored to add this year’s SVP Fast Pitch Awards to its list of accomplishments. For the full Los Angeles Times article, click here: http://lat.ms/1ek1nNg.

Psychologists for Social Responsibility: Harry Grammer, founder of New Earth, a 501 (c) (3) Non- Profit Organization based in Topanga, California flew to Washington D.C. to accept the Josephine “Scout” Wollman Fuller award at a dinner gala hosted by Psychologists for Social Responsibility. The award was presented to both the organization and to Grammer who founded the non-profit in 2002. Since 2004, New Earth has been offering creative writing, poetry, music, gardening and counseling programs to incarcerated youth in over nine probation facilities throughout the Los Angeles area. The award was bestowed upon New Earth for the positive impact their programs have made on the youth they serve.

TEACHING, TECHNOLOGY, AND COMMON CORE LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION

November, 2013 – As a long-time successful partner with LACOE, New Earth was invited to the T2C2 Leadership Seminar and became a certified provider of hands-on education involving learner-centered and collaborative activities that includes technology and project-based learning approach. This certification is designed to provide hands-on training and resources to our instructors in preparing students for success with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the related Smarter Balanced Assessment. We have integrated Common Core State Standards into all aspects of our program curriculum with fantastic results that will ensure brighter futures for our students.

MEMBERS OF THE MAYOR’S BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON EMPLOYMENT EQUITY

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity, an alliance of private and public sector employers committed to providing opportunities for people who have been historically excluded from upwardly-mobile jobs.

The new commission, which held its first gathering today, is comprised of government agencies, non-profit organizations and private sector companies representing a range of industries.

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