Article by Alex Kacik
The Tech Future
This column doesn’t usually chronicle nonprofit news, but Youth Interactive is an exception.
Nathalie Gensac started the global nonprofit that teams up with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to offer one-on-one, after-school programs for underserved youth that focus on technology, entrepreneurship and the arts. Youth Interactive will have a Santa Barbara home come October at 209 Anacapa St.
Gensac said she traveled around the world and asked women what would help their community. They all talked about education, the entrepreneur said.
“California is at the rock bottom in terms of funding for education,” she said. “Schools are getting equipment, but teachers aren’t being trained; students almost have to teach them.”
Gensac said that most of the kids leaving school today want to be entrepreneurs, and the curriculum doesn’t often support that subject.
“Our job really is to help them gain the modern skills they might not get at school and get them to think about sustainability,” she said. “We want to provide the skills they need to be a good employee and an environment where they can live and work through their passion.”