I’ve been busy the last month working on a new project from Youth Interactive(YI) – the first youth led Art Gallery space in Santa Barbara to educate & enhance support for the next generation of creative entrepreneurs, artists & artisans. YI is a Creative Entrepreneurship Academy based in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara, California. Their Mission is to ignite youth imagination, mentor creativity and help close the opportunity divide.
The Youth Interactive teens face considerable obstacles on their pathway to adulthood – 83% are from low-income homes and 50% live in neighborhoods beset by violence. These creative youth come to Youth Interactive looking for a positive way out. Youth Interactive helps by creating youth led artisanal businesses as a vehicle to help bridge the opportunity divide and empower youth to become economically self-sufficient as they share in the profits of their businesses.