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Some of Our Success Stories

We're proud of the many success stories achieved through our programs each year. Following are a few of our all-stars who, with our help and their very devoted mentors, have turned their lives around.

Frank Covarrubias

Hear what Michael and Frank have to say

Frank was headed down a dangerous path. He never knew his father, who had abandoned his family many years ago. His two older brothers were in prison and he was forced to take care of his younger siblings while his mother worked hard to support her family. He joined a local gang in Compton and got in trouble for ditching school and doing drugs. The court sentenced him to live at a facility for troubled youth.

Create Now got a call from Frank’s social worker, who was trying to find a saxophone mentor for the youth. He had a passion to learn how to play the instrument. The social worker was able to get one donated, but he still needed lessons. We got Frank free saxophone lessons during the summer through the Henry Mancini Institute. Then we arranged a private lesson for him with his favorite saxophonist, world-famous musician Michael Lington. Frank was a huge fan and knew every note of Michael’s songs.

Watch Frank and Michael on Univision's "Nuestra Navidad."

Read more about Frank and Michael here

Christine Schmidt

Christine Schmidt Christine had it very hard all of her life. Her mother died of a heroin overdose when she was five years old. Her father was in prison. She lived in the foster care system, suffering from all kinds of horrendous experiences like many other foster youth. Christine spent most of her teen years in and out of detention facilities.

She connected with Create Now during one of our music programs. It was a Drumming and Rap Music Workshop held at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey, where hundreds of incarcerated youth are locked up until their trials. Drummer Mark Schulman (P!nk, Cher) gave his motivational workshop, “Find Your Rhythm.” Christine found support through our organization. We enabled her to sing and share her beautiful voice in public, which built her confidence. Now she's doing great as a telemarketer while recording music with her husband Jeremy and they're both raising their two daughters: Queen and Alyasha. She said, “Thank you so much for everything. You guys are the reason I’ve come this far. Without Create Now I would probably still be in the streets!” Read more about Christine

Liz Chavez


Liz was constantly fighting at school. She was sentenced to spend time at Mid-Valley Youth Center. She signed up for a role in our Theater Workshop. Liz is now hooked on acting. She takes advantage of different opportunities that we provide, including the chance to meet the Honorable Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

We have helped Liz to get headshots and gave her books to assist with her career. She’s taking classes in modeling and acting while raising her son. Now the only fighting that she might participate in will be on the screen.

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