February Recap: YI Events and Programs

We had a lot of good things happen at Youth Interactive this month!

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February Recap:

First Thursday Extravaganza was our most exciting First Thursday yet! Seniors from the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) from Santa Barbara High School showcased a range of artwork, from photography to acrylic to oil painting. Their showcase was a success and was full of extremely impressive and creative works! Along with VADA, State Gallery featured Barbara Parmet and her Levitation series, as well as Steven Gilbar and his unique, mixed media collage works. Creative Animal Foundation was also present at First Thursday and shared about their mission and works, including their current conservation project to help endangered black footed penguins off the coast of South Africa. Another organization, Peace Works Travel, premiered a documentary short from their time at the San Diego-Tijuana Border about a woman seeking asylum. Youth Interactive students participated in this trip and were at the premiere to answer questions following the film! We also had a DJ and live music! Chadillac Green’s DJ sets and the performance by Zachary Murdock & The Monster is Your Friend kept the environment lively and moving. There was even a bit of dancing from time to time. In honor of these performances, VADA students helped people create masks going along with the bands theme for the night. We had over 1600 people come out and join us for a great time of art, music, wine, and community! Check out some pictures from the night!

Montecito Bank and Trust was here teaching our students about financial literacy! Bank employee, Brianna, came to give a lesson to each of our four youth-led businesses. Students learned about checking accounts, taxes, investments, savings, and much more! This was an amazing opportunity for our students to get a head start on their own finances and learn important information not otherwise taught. Thanks Brianna and Montecito Bank and Trust!