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About Youth Interactive
The Youth Interactive Collaborative integrates entrepreneurship, art and mentorship to empower teens with the real-life skills needed to succeed in school and beyond.
We offer a new educational approach that meets the needs of students and the demands of life in a global economy. We create youth-led businesses and mentor students’ creativity to help ignite their imagination and provide them with opportunities to develop the life skills they need to succeed beyond school. Our goal is to bridge opportunity and social divisions by providing creative young adults from all walks of life with the keys to self-sufficiency.
Youth Interactive students work throughout each semester in five different groups which function as micro-businesses that they manage as a team. The creative groups are based on interests and skills and students collaborate to produce items and works of art.
Creative Studio focuses on fine art and individual expression. The students produce creative works while learning the business of self-promotion and running a gallery showcasing student work.
Havok is a youth-led group expressing a new generation’s perspective on the world through apparel. They create screen tee’s that are as unique as Santa Barbara.
Infinite Treasures is a teen-led business creating unique handmade jewelry in the spirit of fun and friendship.
Pier Pressure Design is a group of fashion forward teens creating cool clothing & accessories out of recycled yacht sails.
Resurrected by Youth is teaching carpentry and business skills to incarcerated boys at The Los Prietos Boys Camp. These young men recycle wine barrels into dog beds and awesome gifts for the home.
Through Youth Interactive’s Get it Done program, YI students can also access free one-to-one academic tutoring, life skills support, job shadowing, cultural events, and other enriching experiences nearby and far away – all provided by over 50 YI volunteers.
Our Impact: YI serves over 150 students per year. Most of them participate multiple years and some graduates return to lead student teams.. The data to date is compelling:
• 100% earn scholarship stipends from their youth-led business profits;
•98% of participants with a criminal history have not re-offended;
• 95% have graduated from high school and gone on to college;
• 96% Attendance rate.
Even more compelling than the data are the personal stories of our students who credit YI with transforming their lives and illuminating their future. We invite you to come hear it from them.
About our Students –
Youth Interactive students come primarily from low-income and under-resourced families. Most of them struggle academically, have not responded well to traditional educational systems, and lack educational and occupational aspirations. Some are on probation or currently incarcerated at Los Prietos Boys Camp.
Youth Interactive bridges the opportunity divide and empowers this vulnerable population by teaching them to manage and staff their own arts-related businesses. YI provides a 2,000SF retail storefront with an additional 8,000SF of maker and training spaces. The students keep 80% of their retail profits, with 10% supporting YI, and 10% going to another non-profit of their choice.
Five years after its launch, Youth Interactive (YI) has emerged as one of the city’s most innovative and effective afterschool programs for low-income, under-resourced youth (ages 14-24) living in Santa Barbara County. Inhabiting a 13,000SF building located in Santa Barbara’s commercial and cultural center on State Street, we are realizing our strategic plan to create a collaborative hub.
Youth Interactive Co-Lab Space
The Youth Interactive location doubles as a Co-Lab space for non-profits. Via private office sublets, open working “hub” memberships, and event space, the YI Co-Lab has the capacity to serve as many as 50 (if not more) youth-focused nonprofits. The YI Co-Lab is a great option for non-profits looking for a Downtown location at a non-profit rate. The hub space is beautiful, spacious, and modern, and membership includes amenities like wifi, credit for event space, and complimentary tea and coffee.
For more information about the Co-Lab Space, please contact Estrella Campos at (805) 617-6208 or by email at [email protected]
The YI Shop celebrates the best of California’s Central Coast art and craft. Our student work sits alongside professional artists and craftsman showcasing unique visions in jewelry, pottery, clothing and accessories. Our artisans create works that are original, handcrafted with love, ethically made and destined to be the perfect gift or treat for yourself. Our selection of gifts are constantly changing. Each time you come in, find something new.
As part of the organizations commitment to support the community, Youth Interactive has a crafted a new arts program pairing student works with local, national and international artists. This new program integrates professional artists with student creatives to educate our young art entrepreneurs with new art techniques and business skills to become successful artists.
State Gallery showcases contemporary fine artists from around the country and the world working alongside student artists in various disciplines, creating a new venue in Santa Barbara exhibiting works from various mediums; works on paper, sculpture, assemblage, painting, photography and new media.
New exhibitions are on the walls each month, with artist events and receptions happening during the Downtown Santa Barbara First Thursday Art Walk.