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History

Since 2010, Million Little has been implementing Creative/Therapeutic Arts Programs and on-going research projects for schools and community organizations in Los Angeles, California to transform the lives of at risk children and families through the power of creativity. Our approach enables children to fully commit to the learning process, to use their creativity to learn, develop, and grow, and to have their authentic and unique cultures honored and valued in the learning experience.

Our Partners include Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, Boys & Girls Club, Family Promise, Child & Family Center of Santa Clarita, Northlake Hills Elementary School, Family Day Care Association, College of the Canyons, Miramar College San Diego, Juvenile detention camp and more.

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Culture

The programs, services and research that we provide are built on a culture of collaboration and true partnership – an open and experiential process between partners. We share our knowledge, experience and dispositions with our partners and ask for theirs in return, resulting in authentic growth and learning for all parties. This model empowers everyone, especially those whom we serve. This collaborative and experiential model requires those engaged to take risks and embrace the movement and synergy of new possibilities. Through this model, we hope to create authentic social change.

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Goals

  1. Foster creativity and mindfulness in communities and children who are unable to receive it in other ways, or who are deeply in need, due to special circumstances.
  2. Share the social-emotional benefits of creative expression and its positive impact and potential for improving public health, without the hurdle of overcoming the stigma of therapy.
  3. Identify and develop sustainable/creative strategies communities can use to cultivate the relationship and environments in which children can thrive and reach their full potential.
  4. Operate as a research laboratory to heal, transform, and empower global communities through creative education and training.
  5. Disseminate insights to ignite meaningful and sustainable change in the community.
  6. Cultivate compassion and empathy in children and adults.

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Our Team

Ji Ahn, M.A.
Founder/Executive Director
After working as an animator for 8 years, Ji traveled the world to explore her passion for children and art. During her travel, Ji volunteered at orphanages, practiced mindfulness, and Read More
Cynthia G. Royster
Board Member
Cynthia majored in sociology/criminology at San Jose State University (1979) and had an internship at Green Valley preschool (1978). Her initial passion after graduating was to work with children as Read More
Jocelyn Tucker, Ed.D.
Board Member
Jocelyn has been in the Early Care and Education field for over 20 years. She just completed a 3 ½ year contract with the Los Angeles County-Office of Child Care’s Read More
Jessica Pezzullo
Board Member
Jessica has a passion for helping clients solve their business and marketing problems, she is a natural consultant, calling on her experience as both a client and agency consultant across Read More
Sheetal Gavankar, PhD, MBA
Board Member
Sheetal comes with over 20 years of experience as a journalist, engineer, as well as product and marketing manager, largely focused on the product development initiatives and their marketing.  As a Read More
Sue Choi Bawale, Ed.D.
Researcher / Facilitator
Sue has worked with children and adults focused on early childhood settings for over 30 years across the country in Boston, New York City, Rochester, NY, Oakland and Pasadena, CA. Read More
Olga Winbush, Ph.D.
Researcher/ Facilitator
Olga is currently a faculty member at Brandman University, where she serves as a University Supervisor mentoring teachers. She has worked as a core faculty member in the Human Development Read More
Madhu Sultanipurmath
Volunteer Project Coordinator
Madhu holds an MBA degree, specialized in human resource. She is a certified HR professional with ten plus years of multifaceted global experience in Human Capital management. She has worked Read More
Michelle Jenab, J.D.
Legal Advisor
Michelle has practiced corporate law since 2000, starting out in Wall Street law firms in New York City. She received a B.A. in Political Science / International Relations from UCLA Read More
Marina Williams
Fundraising Committee
Marina is an Ethics Compliance Coordinator at the Capital Group in Los Angeles. Originally from Brazil, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue work in the entertainment industry; leading to Read More
Maggie-Mae Laufman
Marketing Advisor
Raised in Portland, Oregon, Maggie-Mae Laufman moved to Los Angeles, California in 2013 to pursue her Marketing career. Soon after landing the position of Marketing Director at Applied Resource Insurance Read More
Elise Tenen-Aoki, J.D.
Legal Advisor
Elise has been practicing in the field of intellectual property law since 1989. She received her BA from Tufts University and her J.D from Washington College of Law at American Read More
Su Livingston, M.A.
Advisor/ Artist
Su is an artist and educator who strongly believes in lifelong development through the arts. She has 30 years of teaching experience. Su taught preschool for 17 years before teaching Read More
Jennifer D’Alvarez, MBA, CFRE
Business/ Fundraising Advisor
Jennifer is a Chief Advancement and Communications Officer at Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services. Jennifer has been working in the non-profit sector, and specifically in the area of fundraising, since Read More
Tina Price
Development Advisor
Tina began her career as a professional ballet dancer with New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Chicago Lyric Opera. She transitioned to an animation career at the age of Read More
Liz Tertell, M. Ed
Educational Advisor
Liz has 35 years of experience in the field.  She has been a teacher, center director, consultant, trainer and instructor in the field of Early Childhood.  Her undergrad and graduate degrees Read More
Kristen Schwarz, M.F.A.
Development Advisor
Kristen works at LAANE as a Development Associate since 2014. Before coming to LAANE, she worked in development at the California League of Conservation Voters, Bridges Academy, and Grand Performances. Read More