Our Founder's Story:
"I knew something was wrong when the weight of having an abortion at the age of 19 was too much to bear. Shame and guilt haunted me like a deceased love one, and getting out of bed was increasingly difficult as the days passed. I couldn’t articulate this at the time, but I was suffering from depression. During the large part of my early career in college, I struggled with emotional wellbeing. Going in and out of relationships looking for someone to love me, when I didn’t even love myself. While I had a community at my church and a supportive family, I didn’t feel that anyone would understand and didn’t quite fit in any space, which therefore caused my academic experience to suffer. Years later while working in the youth development and education field, it became evident that what I was missing all those years was a mentor. "
Just like our founder, we've noticed that most youth struggle with their identity and want a safe environment to express themselves without judgement. They don't trust their current environment and feel lost, neglected, and uncertain of their future. We understand what it's like to not have a place where you feel you belong. That's why we're guiding youth towards a future they didn't realize they could have and we need your help.
Live2Create Foundation Network, Inc. is a faith-based 501c3 nonprofit organization created to promote social and emotional wellbeing in the lives of at-risk youth in the Greater Atlanta Community.
Through a network of teaching artists and community advocates, we partner with schools, faith institutions, and other community groups to provide mentoring, workshops, and annual events for youth development, academic enrichment, and career readiness. Our curriculum focuses on 6 core areas of development: Identity, Belief, Capability, Behavior, Environment, and Spirituality to improve youth mindsets and increase their self-motivation.
We use the arts as a tool for identity formation to educate and empower at-risk youth to be confident in who they are and who they were created to be, so they'll face challenges with confidence and become successful adults.
Why We Do It:
There are a half million youth living in low to very low wellbeing in the Greater Atlanta community and we want to do something about it.
While the world we live in is rapidly changing, youth from these communities face a host of systematic barriers, including poverty, racism, and inequitable education. These barriers combine to severely limit life and career opportunities.
However, we believe when youth are exposed to the arts, have an opportunity to discover themselves in a safe space, and are given resources to bridge the gap between uncontrollable challenges and their futures, they will be ready to bring their greatest potential to any challenge they face or opportunity they wish to pursue.
Having access to a mentor to help sort through complex emotions, along with some of life's biggest transitions like graduation, college, and entering adulthood is one of the most important developmental asset a youth can have.
In addition to making children more confident in their schoolwork and more trusting of their parents or guardians, mentoring makes students:
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 37% less likely to skip a class
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 33% less likely to hit someone
Our approach to high wellbeing improves academic outcomes, artistic growth, overall mental health, and community engagement. Using the arts, we address the needs of students, teachers, and parents through in-school and out-of-school mentoring that deliver service learning opportunities for youth development, academic enrichment, and career readiness.
Help us be the change we wish to see in our community.