The Youth Interactive Mission

Youth Interactive offers a new kind of educational approach, one 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 new opportunities to develop the life skills needed 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.

 

Why is Youth Interactive Needed?

Why is Youth Interactive needed?

In the last hundred years America has gone from a model T to Tesla and from a switchboard to a smartphone, but public high schools have stayed frozen in time. At Youth Interactive we believe American ingenuity can and must move education forward. We believe the next generation has the solution and we have created an after school program that is designed with youth, for youth and supports youth from all walks of life through school to a better life until this happens...

 

Youth Interactive offers this unique approach, a mix of vocational, creative and real life business skill sets, which is proving incredibly popular with students & delivering quantifiable outcomes. As a result, we have been asked by the city of Santa Maria, Ventura, Lompoc & Fresno to implant & replicate YI Chapters in their cities. We are increasingly working with local schools, colleges, universities, businesses, non profit organizations, artists, entrepreneurs, foundations, temporary shelters, city departments, Santa Barbara County Probation Department, Santa Barbara County School District and The California Investment Board to gather the feedback on our program we need to do just that. The goal now is to reach the operational & funding capacity needed so that we can have the manpower & ability to begin to create a blueprint for a model program that can in the next 2-5 years be replicated as YI Chapters Nationwide.


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Portions of every sale go directly back to Youth Interactive so we can continue to do amazing work.

Intuition Dainty Bracelet
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  • 7" round
  • available in gold and silver chain
  • all handcrafted by our Infinite Treasures team
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Charity Dainty Bracelet
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  • 7" round, available in gold & rose gold and all hand crafted by our Infinite Treasure team. 
  • Made with Labradorite beads
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Versatility Scarf
22.00

This scarf (and the accompany colors) can be worn as a scarf or a shawl. The scarf was designed by Pier Pressure, our sewing team. 

100% of proceeds will go directly back to Pier Pressure for sewing material for future products. 

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Women's SB Nutshell
25.00

This shirt was designed by our Havok team. 

100% of the proceeds for this shirt will go directly back to Havok for materials needed to create more shirts.

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Unisex Eye on the Funk Zone
25.00

Eye on the Funk Zone was designed by a student artist for Youth Interactive. 

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Unisex Funk Zone Dolphin
25.00

This shirt was designed by our Havok team. 

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Come & Visit

OPEN Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00

Youth Interactive offers a large creative store-front where our students run their flagship store. Everything in the store is artisanal and handmade with love and care by the most creative teens in town and 100% of the proceeds go back to support the youth & the arts in our community

We are located just two blocks from the beach in the heart of the touristic Funk Zone, a hip, trendy neighborhood full of galleries, wineries, hotels, restaurants and art studios. The area is gang neutral and frequented by tourists and locals, 50 artists live and work in his neighborhood.


Who We Are

Founded in 2012, Youth Interactive Santa Barbara (YI) is a grassroots after school Entrepreneurial Arts Academy that bridges opportunity & social divisions by providing creative young adults from all walks of life with the keys to self-sufficiency.

Past participants say, the YI approach has changed the pathway of their lives from a place of darkness & failure to success! 

INSPIRING EDUCATION BEYOND SCHOOL

Each of our youth led microbusinesses allow youth to put their creativity and skills to work, build a resume, learn valuable entrepreneurial skills, and gain real life work while earning school credit and a paycheck.

CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

We limit our total enrollment to 90 students in order to provide and connect each youth with the services they need to explore the potential pathways towards their dreams.

UNLOCKING STUDENT POTENTIAL

We offer a happy creative after school environment. Our professional programs give youth 14-24 a transformational set of real life skills and resources to address Common Core learning standards.