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Youth Interactive

Hello friends! In honor of Earth Day this month, we wanted to put the word out about the NO WASTE EARTH recycled art exhibit! We are so excited to see our beloved mentor Elizabeth Mitchell and the incredibly talented Adeli Marquez join other local artists in displaying their art in such a unique way. All of the art is made from recycled material and will portray the artists favored environmental themes! No Waste Earth will be on exhibit from April 19- May 22 at at the Explore Ecology’s Art form Scrap Gallery.

Entry is FREE and a portion of sales benefits Explore Ecology & Art From Scrap. In addition, artists are encouraged to donate 5% of their sales to environmental causes of their choice.


Youth Interactive would like to give a huge shout out to Lucidity Festival for inviting us up for a wonderful weekend full of positive energy and incredible art! We were so pleased to be apart of such a transformative experience in the art community! Special thanks to Spencer Wiener, Jonah Haas, and Dave Tipper for going above and beyond for our team and being strong believers in our youth mentoring mission here at the center. Your support means the world to us!

Check out all the goodness behind the Lucidity Strategy for Good campaign that we are so thrilled to partner with!


We are currently experiencing a funding gap and need your support, now, more than ever. We are in the process of writing grants as well as planning a very exciting summer 2014 fundraiser, but until then we need your help.

Our mission is to provide students with the tools and support to meet the educational, vocational and business goals that they might never have thought possible before they came to Youth Interactive. All of our programs are free for students and run by educators and talented mentors who volunteer their time, encourage students to work to reach their dreams and guide their talents. During the last two years we have progressed from a local Santa Barbara startup non-profit to a vital community organization working with hundreds of regional partners.

Here’s a quick look some the exciting things we have accomplished so far in 2014.

→Since last term our student body has grown 33%!!
→We have developed a close partnership with La Cuesta continuation school and the Los Prietos boys camp.
→We have Developed and expanded our existing relationships with regional partners.
→This semester We have paid our students almost $3000 from their student LED entrepreneurial businesses.
→We had three students intern at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
→We have Launched social media and live web pages for student led businesses
→ Two of our students have received full scholarships to attend the Global Youth Peace Summit summer camp in San Francisco.
→ We have Completed over 900 hours of student educational programming so far this semester !!

We have expanded our existing relationships with regional businesses, SCORE, the Westside Community Center, and Patagonia. Their support and donations have been a vital lifeline for our youth. Last month for example Patagonia donated another load of recycled fabrics and material to our Pier Pressure Design team, allowing them in turn to make prayer flags and support the Karma Project in Nepal.


In January our mural team had the incredible opportunity to team up with artist Raphael Vargas Suarez to paint the latest mural on the side of the Indigo Hotel. Our students have also participated in two art shows this term, which has been very encouraging for them.


Last month our Solimar Biscotti and Pier Pressure Design team represented Youth Interactive at The 7th annual International Women’s Festival thanks to SCORE who generously provided us with an exhibition booth.

Womens fest

STUDENTS SUPPORTING WHAT THEY VALUE MOST! We are proud and looking forward to the Reel Loud Film Festival, a UCSB & Good News student led fundraiser for Youth Interactive, which will take place in May 2014.

reel loud

We are so proud of our students here at Youth Interactive and all the time and work they have put into taking their companies from startup to profit. If you value the hard work we do, the students commitments to learning and the mentors who volunteer their time, then you can help us keep our doors open by making any size donation now.
We cannot do the work we are so passionate about without your support. From the smallest amount to the largest, your support will help us provide a future and serve the youth in our community.
To make a donation to the Youth Interactive Center visit:


Congratulations to our April student of the month, Kristal Lopez! Kristal is an absolutely incredible artist and a great CEO to our HAVOK design team. We sat down with her for a quick chat, and asked her some questions about her time at Youth Interactive and what inspires her as an artist.

1. What does it mean to you to be student of the month?
I feel happy to be apart of youth interactive and I’m excited they decided to choose me this month!

2.How has youth interactive helped shape you as an artist and a young entrepreneur?
Its given me a lot of new opportunities as well as opened a lot of doors for me.

3. How does it feel to have received a full scholarship to the Global Youth Peace Summit summer camp in San Francisco this summer?
Amazing, and Im REALLY excited!

4. What or who inspires you as an artist and the kind of art you do?
Natalie and Emily, because they’ve always supported me. They’ve helped me get here and become the person I am today.

5.Do you have a favorite artist?
Emily Rose, She is an Australian tattoo artist.

6. How long have you been doing art and do you think it will play a role in your future?
Ive been doing art since I was in elementary school, and I think that it will always be apart of my life.

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A life changing opportunity has been brought to students here at Youth Interactive and it’s all because of our amazing network of partners. We are all working towards a united goal for our youth! A Big thanks to our partnership with the Alama Foundation and the support of the beautiful soul that is Shauna Mistretta from our students at Youth Interactive that will be attending the Global Youth Peace Summit summer camp in San Francisco this summer on a full scholarship!! We are incredibly stoked, and did we mention SO PROUD, for our students Kristal and Rosa. You guys rock!

Check out the link below if you want more information on the Global Youth Peace Summit


Woohoooooo!!! Check out our latest donation from Patagonia for our Pier pressure Design team. Shout out to Kim Stride at Patagonia who never forgets about helping the youth!

Make sure to stop by Carr Winery next Saturday April 5th, 2014 for the summer art series, a benefit for Youth Interactive! Yummy food will be provided by California Woodfire Pizza some amazing art by many artists including sever of our own from the center! We&#8217;ll see you Saturday!

Make sure to stop by Carr Winery next Saturday April 5th, 2014 for the summer art series, a benefit for Youth Interactive! Yummy food will be provided by California Woodfire Pizza some amazing art by many artists including sever of our own from the center! We’ll see you Saturday!


Massive thanks to all of the sponsors, vendors, and our community who came out to Youth Interactive to support The Karma Project this weekend! Our Pier Pressure team sewed together some prayer flags from the recycled material that Patagonia donated, and the flags were decorated at the center by our guests Saturday night. The kids in Nepal will do the same and the prayer flags will be traded! The event also featured a presentation on The Karma Project, live music by Angel Tolentino and the Pasambara band, as well as some local vendors who came down to hang and keep up the cause! In case you missed it check out these photos from the event and the link below to get more familiar with The Karma Project.


Congratulations HAVOK for gaining full business investment today! Amazing work team! We can’t wait to see this company’s product launch!


Check out this interview with our mural team a couple weeks ago at the Amass Gallery! They participated in the final rotations of murals and had a chance to tell us about the relationship between Youth Interactive and their art. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by and see them in action, now you can!