In 1996, Jill Gurr founded Create Now, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that for 21 years has served more then 43,000 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.
Jill 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."
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 and FHI 360. Both are adjuncts of the U.S. State Department.
She was honored to give a TEDx Talk in Beverly Hills on October 29, 2016, where Jill received a standing ovation. Click here to see her presentation
Jill gives a presentation to government diplomats from MauritaneaJill 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
- Short-Term Mentoring Works Too!