New Earth’s mission of guiding at-risk young people in Los Angeles from the streets, from incarceration and from being drop-outs into bright new futures was born out of conversations between friends in a Hollywood coffee shop in the early 2000s.

LEARN is our vision of a region that will offer abundant, equitable, and diverse opportunities for lifelong learning. By the year 2050, our local education system will be well-resourced and culturally responsive with high-quality, early education programs where families are engaged in their student’s learning. Students will graduate college career-ready and equipped to thrive in the workforce of the future.

New Earth’s beginnings were a bit unorthodox. Most of our growth has happened organically since the start. In 2002, while homeless and living in a tent on LA beaches, I had the vision for New Earth. My vision was to start an organization that gave my community access to better education, environmental awareness, greater sense of self-expression, and more holistic wellness models.

Upon release from incarceration, young people are often provided with few resources and opportunities to help them re-enter their communities. But a local program is stepping in to give them the support they need. Founded in 2004, New Earth provides youth ages 13 to 25 the resources to create lifelong success. New Earth strives to empower youth to move toward positive and healthier life choices. 

Xcellen Connor was facing felony charges as a 17-year-old, but instead was sent to complete a youth diversion program at New Earth, a nonprofit organization that is aiming to stop the school-to-prison pipeline. Connor was able to transform his life through the program and is now preparing to go to nursing school.

Harry was on the 2018 TEDxSantaBarbara stage and returns to talk about the confluence of COVID and Social Justice. We’ll discuss understanding the transformation that needs to happen as we come to grips with the amount of work facing us moving forward.

CNN Hero and New Earth founder Harry Grammer works to empower incarcerated youth and reduce recidivism. He looks back at America’s founding principles nearly 250 years after independence and what they mean for people of color today.

Being a leader in the midst of a pandemic and a social justice uprising is a lot of work, but Da’John Harris, the site director of nonprofit New Earth, is focused. He is helping coordinate a free food market for the Los Angeles community.

CNN Hero Harry Grammer helps at-risk kids tell their stories through his org New Earth. He has a message on the fight for civil rights and overcoming racism.

Around the world, Obama Foundation leaders are stepping up to meet this moment, helping their communities weather the COVID-19 crisis. Obama Foundation Fellow, Harry Grammer and his organization, New Earth, are continuing to provide connectivity and basic necessities to community members who are in need.

The Community Week team took it to Culver City for a writing seminar with Def Jam’s DaniLeigh ahead of ComplexCon Long Beach 2019, happening on November 2-3, 2019. To a room of kids in the program at New Earth, DaniLeigh paid a visit on Tuesday.

Juveniles arrested within the Culver City limits will get a shot at a second lease on life thanks to a partnership between the Culver City Police Department and New Earth, an organization that offers artistic and educational programs to youth incarcerated in Los Angeles and Orange County detention facilities.

It can be difficult to find effective ways to engage students who have been impacted by homelessness, foster care or the juvenile justice system. SIATech Charter High School and a Culver City-based partner organization, New Earth, have managed to bridge the gap by focusing on the arts. This week, 13 of their students earned their high school diplomas.

Kids who enter L.A.’s foster system, experience homelessness or spend time in juvenile detention are far more likely to drop out than earn their high school degrees. At a graduation ceremony earlier this week, 13 students from New Earth Organization defied the odds and were handed their high school diplomas.

A former probation camp in the scenic Malibu canyons in Calabasas is being transformed into a place to help youths.

Harry Grammer, an activist for juvenile justice says the exterior beauty of the the former David Gonzalez probation camp can be misleading. It was once a jail for up to 120 young people,  but now, he is redesigning it into the transformative career institute.

LA County has the nation’s largest juvenile justice system, with more than 12,000 youths arrested each year. New Earth cooperates with the county to adopt a new model of juvenile diversion. It embraces incarcerated youths with arts mentorship, high school education and career training.

Incarcerated children are still children.

Incarcerated children deserve a chance for a better future. Jail is not the answer, there is a better way for kids in the juvenile justice system to transform their lives.

“Our first program was just really a poetry program,” Harry Grammer, founder of New Earth, told the San Quentin News. “We wanted to give opportunities to young people that were incarcerated, a way to express themselves in places where there is no expression.” This program became the “Fluent Love of Words” (FLOW,) where creative writing, spoken word and poetry workshops helped the youth express their lives through writing.

Several times a week, a security officer lets Harry Grammer through the gates of Camp Gonzales, a juvenile detention center in Los Angeles.

Inside, Grammer addresses a group of about 15 young people who are serving time: “We would like to reflect on what is it that makes a friend for you, what breaks a friend for you.”

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