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community services

We deliver signature and customized programs to community partners, such as the YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as schools, professional groups, and other organizations.

If you need program delivery services, please download and fill in the following request form, send it back to us at, and we’ll follow up with you:  Program Delivery Request Form (for delivery of signature and customized programs).

Below is a sampling of our community services by categories:

Community Organizations

After a two-year pilot project at Step Up on Second (adults) and Daniel's Place (transitional aged youth), we continue to serve individuals affected by mental illness at Ocean Park Community Center and at-risk youth at A Safe Place for Youth in partnership with the student-run UCLA Creative Minds Project (CMP)

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, we developed a staff-training program focused on the use of rhythm, movement, and other proactive approaches to facilitate positive engagement and cooperation in children throughout the day and also to improve the experience of staff members. We also donated drums to its middle school-based branch. This five-year project culminated in 2013 in the successful preparation of year-round staff to train their own summer staff in four areas: how to talk to and engage kids, positive discipline, special needs, and game management.  Year one of this five-year project began as a pilot at the East Los Angeles Club.  Similar forms of this training have also been delivered to other organizations serving large numbers of youth after school, such as City of Santa Monica Human Services Division and A Place Called Home, a nonprofit organization that offers comprehensive services and education for youth and families in South Los Angeles.  We have subsequently trained staff from the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos in the use of our Beat the Odds program.

We have an ongoing collaboration with the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside to bring innovative arts-based programming for mind-body wellness to the community. Highlights of this collaboration include the development of a weekend retreat for women called Defining Your Future: A Writing Workshop in Self-Discovery, an ongoing monthly family drum circle, for which we donated drums, the SHINE storytelling series, an Artist's Way workshop, and the development and ongoing delivery of the drumming and flash mob dance components of the daylong “A Girl's Voice” program, to strengthen the social-emotional, self-expressive and leadership skills of 5th grade girls in preparing them to deal with the social pressures of middle school.  

Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre program delivers powerful theatrical performances throughout Southern California—from Bakersfield to San Diego—that address health and mental health-related issues faced by youth.  They have been offering a consolidated version of our Beat the Odds program, and we have mentored them in this process and assisted them in developing an evaluation plan for teachers and students that have experienced the program.

Recruiting trainees from our signature programs, we have served such organizations as The Junior Blind of America (traumatized youth and youth with disabilities in residential facilities) and Volunteers for Aging—free of charge.

We partnered on a three-evening performance project integrating four art forms with Virginia Avenue Project, which serves underserved youth in Los Angeles—most of whom become the first in their families to attend college.

We have partnered with Jewish Family Service, Wilshire Boulevard Temple – Sydney and Audrey Irmas Campus, and the Cancer Support Community – Benjamin Center in West Los Angeles to offer therapeutic arts programs serving both the constituents of these organizations and the general public.

We have delivered or helped to develop therapeutic arts programs for older adult recreational centers and residential facilities, such as the City of Santa Monica Senior Recreation Center, Saban Center for Health and Wellness, the Senior Arts Foundation, Melrose Gardens and Grandview Terrace.

We have delivered a customized version of our Beat the Odds program delivered in Spanish for families of Venice Family Clinic.

Professional Groups

We have delivered our signature program training in Beat the Odds to counselors at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Best Practices Fair, teachers at 4 LAUSD By LAUSD Best Practices Conference, and psychotherapists in the Expressive Arts Special Interest Group of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

We offered a customized training in therapeutic drumming techniques for an entire division of mental health professionals within the LAUSD serving elementary and underperforming secondary schools.

Elementary Schools

At Quincy Jones Elementary School in South Los Angeles, we investigated the effects of Beat the Odds drumming with support from Remo, Inc. and a Sounds of Learning Karl T. Bruhn Music Research Award from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.  Findings from the exploratory study showed the social-emotional benefits of the program for special education students.  Subsequently, we trained seven upper elementary special education teachers at the Norwalk-LaMirada Unified School District to deliver the Beat the Odds drumming program with the same sources of research support.  

Middle Schools

In collaboration with Santa Clarita Valley Performing Arts Center - K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program and each of four Santa Clarita Valley School Districts, we trained approximately 50 College of the Canyons Teach students to deliver a consolidated experience of our Beat the Odds program to all 6th and 7th grade students in Santa Clarita Valley. The entire eight-week Beat the Odds program is now being delivered sustainably in a number of K-6 elementary schools within the district, during the school day, through the training of teachers, music teachers, and other school personnel.

We trained staff from the Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell Visual and Performing Arts Program to deliver our Beat the Odds drumming program to students enrolled in the after-school program at Charles R. Drew Middle School in South Los Angeles, which has no music program during or after school.  Funds for the delivery of the program and drum equipment were obtained from a grant.

In partnership with Collective Voices Foundation, we assisted in the delivery of customized arts programming for social-emotional development for underserved youth at Samuel Gompers Middle School and Edwin Markham Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Lincoln Middle School in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is currently receiving our Chance to Dance program for special education students.  Chance to Dance develops social-emotional skills, body awareness and motor skills through dance-based movement.

High Schools

Recruiting trainees from our signature programs, we have delivered our Beat the Odds drumming program to Arena Continuation High School in El Segundo—free of charge.

In partnership with Collective Voices Foundation, we developed a social-emotional learning curriculum and recruited creative arts therapists and community arts professionals to deliver it at the Center for Independent Study, and alternative high school in Pasadena.  In addition, we offered some group drumming experiences for Rose City High School, a continuation high school also in Pasadena.  We also assisted in the delivery of customized arts programming for social-emotional development for underserved youth at Synergy Quantum Academy in South Los Angeles.

Juvenile Justice Schools

We assisted Collective Voices Foundation in identifying creative arts therapists and community arts professionals for the Road to Success Academy, which serves incarcerated girls in Santa Clarita Valley.


In collaboration with the Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program within the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, we offered an undergraduate course on maximizing the social-emotional benefits of arts education—a similar, but more introductory version, of our Social Emotional Arts (SEA) Certificate Program.  We also assisted VAPAE in developing a drumming component to its summer Book Arts Camp for elementary school children.

We have offered a series of therapeutic arts programs in partnership with UCLA Tiverton House, for medical center patients and their families.





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