Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is hosting an exhibit and art sale on Saturday June 21st called “Rhythm and Rattles”. This event will have music and food and feature the artwork of their young artists. Music by AVOTCGA and Hector Lugo. Please stop by, check it out and support our young and talented local artists.

YSA is an art jobs training program which is committed to empowering and bettering the lives of homeless and low-income San Francisco Bay Area young people, ages 16-25. The mission of Youth Spirit Artworks is to use art jobs and jobs training to empower and transform the lives of youth, giving young people the skills, experience, and self-confidence needed to meet their full potential.

We at Biketopia have enjoyed working with some of the youth coming from YSA ever since we first opened our doors. The work they are doing with Berkeley’s youth is amazing. These young adults are getting job skills training through art which include: professional communication, resume writing/building, project planning/execution and gaining sales experience. In addition to this they are learning valuable life skills through workshops on how to be more health conscious and non violent conflict resolution through yoga.

    Youth Spirit Artworks is located at 1740 Alcatraz and is open M-F from 3:30-6:30. Here is a link describing all of the ways you can support their work. We are amazed at what is going on in our neighborhood especially with organizations like YSA, and we will be bringing them to you every month in our newsletter.