In 1996, Jill Gurr founded Create Now, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that for 20 years has served around 40,000 at-risk and high-risk youth through arts mentoring and education. She has personally mentored dozens of youth and is the CEO of Create Now.

Through Create Now, 
Jill has matched and trained hundreds of volunteers in how to mentor thousands of the most troubled children in the Los Angeles and Orlando regions. 

She is a produced screenwriter, having adapted the book Hit and Run by James Hadley Chase into the screenplay Rigged, which stars George Kennedy. The film was produced by CineStar Productions. Jill also wrote "Socrates," a PBS pilot for The Immortals series that stars Ed Asner. Several of her original scripts have been optioned by reputable producers.

Jill graduated with a B.S. degree in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University. She worked for many years all over the world as a Script Supervisor (continuity) on award-winning movies with famous actors and directors. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.

 She has been featured on
NBC Nightly News   with Brian Williams, CNN’s Anderson   Cooper 360°, Fox11 News,  NBC-TV and   KTLA  in their “Heroes at Home” segment,   as well as in the Los Angeles Times and   the Hollywood Reporter.  Jill has been interviewed on several radio shows, including CBS Radio's "Open Line" and "Community Lights," KISS-FM, KLOS-FM, The Sound, LA Talk Radio's "Mother Love" and the Rolanda Watts Show.

Jill was one of eight people in the country selected by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to be featured in “Everyday Heroes,” an ongoing exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

She was chosen as one of the first four Americans to ever participate in a multilateral Global Xchange program sponsored by the British Council and Volunteer Services Organization. In 2010, Jill spent six weeks in Durban, South Africa and Belfast, Northern Ireland with 26 other community leaders from six countries (Sierra Leone, Rwanda, South Africa, France, UK and US), sharing best practices for mentoring youth.

Jill has been giving acclaimed presentations to international dignitaries and diplomats through the International Visitors Council, an adjunct of the U.S. State Department. As a result, on November 3, 2011, Create Now received the prestigious "2011 Community Resource Award" at the Wilshire Country Club.

She was honored to give a TEDx Talk in Beverly Hills on October 29, 2016, where Jill received a standing ovation. To see her presentation, click here.

Jill gives a presentation to government diplomats from Mauritanea

Jill is available as a Speaker, Consultant and Trainer. Her programs include:

How to Mentor Youth Now
Recruiting Mentors
Mentoring Tools for Youth Workers
Using the Arts in Mentoring

Mentoring Troubled Kids
Mentoring Tools for Youth Workers
Short-Term Mentoring Works Too!

Presentations are interactive workshops that can be customized for your needs.

Please contact Jill for additional information:


Cell Phone: (323) 333-1585

Skype: jillgurr

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