Non-Profit Spotlight: JDS Creative Academy

Our community is full of incredible people and organizations, out making a difference for others! In this month’s Non-Profit Spotlight we’d like to recognize JDS Creative Academy (JDSCA)!

JDSCA was founded by Scott and Diane Strand, the owners of JDS Video & Media Productions and JDS Actors Studio. In it infancy, the acting classes had such an incredible response that they decided to start the non-profit JDS Creative Academy. From industry professionals to community leaders, the board oversees the running of a Title-17 program that provides professional, hands-on job-training skills to adults with autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and other intellectual developmental special needs.

Throughout COVID closures they have had to adapt every aspect of their programs. For example, their 3-day Digifest event has now become an 8 hour, live streamed production! While the format may have changed, they are still able to provide their job-training program to their Inland Regional participants as well as students in their visual, performing and digital-arts classes.

For the month of December 2020 Stromsoe Insurance will donate $20 to JDS Creative Academy for every referral that comes to our team!

Learn More about The 2020 Vision Referral Rewards Program HERE…


JDSCA and their Spirit of Innovation team were awarded 6 Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies and includes executives from Dow Jones, Duplass Brothers Productions, Complex Networks, A&E Networks, Hearst Media, ESPN Films, RYOT, Vice+ and Vimeo.

The SOI Update and JDS Creative Academy Student PSA-Seat Belt Safety won for Diversity and Inclusion. The Spotlight on Foodie Destinations, Voice of Innovation on Riverside County Jobs Outlook & A.I., as well as the Impact Story on Learning Disability Month and Notable Women of Temecula won for News and News Feature.

JDS Creative Academy has their hands in a wide array of training and classes within the fields of Fashion Design, Acting, Backstage Production, Scriptwriting and Photography. The non-profit holds classes, workshops, and camps, all in addition to a job-training program for adults with disabilities. When asked about misunderstanding that JDSCA often finds people have about their organization, they had this to say:

The biggest misconception of the program is that we only host the job-training program. Also, many people think we are an intermediate school. Yes, we are an academy for performing and digital arts, but we don’t teach the A-G academics. We want the community to know we do and we teach. As a hands-on creative academy, we advance career pathways for all individuals in the visual, performing and digital arts, while providing resources for the community, a progressive art culture, inclusiveness, and need-to-know and good-to-know news and information.


Each month, JDS Creative Academy broadcasts a live magazine-style news program, Spirit of Innovation. You can watch their episode from October 29, 2020 below, or subscribe to @SOI_News on YouTube to be kept up-to-date. In the new year they will be launching their spring semester of visual, performing and digital arts classes as well as opening for submissions to their 5th annual Digifest competition.

While JDS Creative Academy does accept monetary donations, you can support them by simply following their social media channels and engaging with their posts and videos by liking, sharing and commenting! Have you worked with JDSCA? Leave them a Google review!

If you would like to help support JDS Creative Academy, please engage with them using the following:

For the month of December 2020 Stromsoe Insurance will donate $20 to JDS Creative Academy for every referral that comes to our team!

Learn More about The 2020 Vision Referral Rewards Program HERE…

Would you like to learn more about how we can help protect your non-profit , call your Stromsoe Insurance Total Protection Team at (951) 600-5751 or email today!