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Business Highlight: Montecito Biscotti

 

 

One team at Youth Interactive full of young, hardworking individuals is our Montecito Biscotti team. The business currently has 6 dedicated students from all around the Santa Barbara area working on it. In addition to these students, there are also 2 mentors who work as a support system for these young entrepreneurs. Together, the 8 of them together make up the amazing Montecito Biscotti team.

 

The team meets twice a week. They first meet on Tuesdays, where they gather at the Public Market in downtown Santa Barbara to bake their biscotti. At the market, Andrea their baking mentor, teaches the students essential baking skills, and gives them structure with their work. On Thursdays, the team makes their way into Youth Interactive to learn various business skills. Ivan, their business mentor, teaches them everything from budgeting, marketing and planning. It is up to the student to make it to work both days of the week, which teaches them great responsibility, and how the working world operates. Mia, one of our hardworking students, skateboards to work each day which shows just how dedicated these students are to their business. Past Montecito Biscotti members have taken the skills they had learned here, and applied them to their future work.

 

In the past, the team has created orders for the Santa Barbara Airport, County Mental Health and various support groups. Currently, our young entrepreneurs are still accomplishing amazing things. This past month the team partnered up with Chocolats Du Calibressan, a sweets shop in downtown Santa Barbara. The shop owner Jill-Marie Carre,  just opened up her new location on State Street. This is a fantastic opportunity for our team to be featured in a store like this. In addition to their partnership, they also are in the works of making a booth that will be featured at the Spring Art Show on May 27th at Youth Interactive. This is an another great opportunity for our young students to get their products out to the public.

We are so proud of everything Montecito Biscotti has accomplished, and we know that they will continue to do great things!

 

A BIG Thank You

With one week past since our celebration at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara we cannot but gloat, just a little, at the overwhelming positive reception from the community and city visitors!  Our PR team here at Youth Interactive has gone out on the street and interviewed over 70 people about their reactions before and after….THESE MURALS ARE LOVED!

Winning Mural: Matt Rodriguez (above)

There is absolutely NO WAY this could have been a reality without the GENEROSITY of Santa Barbara Beautiful, The Santa Barbara Foundation, The McDonald Boersma Foundation, Santa Barbara Arts Commission in partnership with The City of Santa Barbara and The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust

If you have not gone to see all the murals in lower state street you MUST take a walk and check ALL of them out :)

We are excited for BIGGER things in come!

Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the individuals and organizations that helped in whichever small or big way to make this a successful project!

See you in the Funk Zone!

SAVE THE DATE!

On September 5th, 4:00pm at the Indigo Hotel (121 State Street) Mayor Helene Schneider on behalf of the City of Santa Barbara and in collaboration with Youth Interactive (YI), will unveil sixteen 8’ x 6’ murals from the Postcards of Santa Barbara Public Art Mural Project. RSVP by clicking-> HERE

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These murals created in the future home of the CAW (pictured above) will serve to beautify the lower block of State Street by covering the construction project which is taking place opposite the Indigo Hotel for one year. Our celebration along with Helene Schneider and patron of YI Michael McDonald will include music from a Mariachi band, canapes and a street celebration with the Santa Barbara community and art enthusiasts. We are also proud to announce the La Boheme Professional Dance Group as part of our street party AND the music of DJ Darla Bea

COME CELEBRATE and please join us in thanking the generous benefactors which made this possible who include Santa Barbara Beautiful, The Santa Barbara County Art Commission, The Santa Barbara Foundation, The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust and The McDonald Boersma Foundation.

SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!

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A Perfect Space 4 Art

15 artists; 1 location. The future home of the Community Arts Workshop (CAW), commonly known as “the shed,” has been holding 15 of the 16 murals, and artists, that will be showcased on September 5th in downtown Santa Barbara at the Postcards of Santa Barbara Public Art Celebration!  Artists of all kinds; local, professional, and newcomers have been working side by side in this space.

“It’s inspiring working next to next to such talented people” Kathee Christie explains.

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Since artists are in such close proximity to each other, they are constantly inspiring, encouraging and uplifting each other’s artwork. The energy in the building has resulted in some amazing pieces

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You’re Invited: Spring Art Show Friday

The Youth Interactive Creative Studio team has had a whirlwind week preparing for their spring art show, which is coming up this Friday. On Saturday, the team made sure the gallery is in top shape for the show, and even found the energy to man a booth at Everybody Dance Now’s all-day hip hop dance battle event and have a presence at Santa Barbara Middle School’s Songfest! 

After the rains on Saturday, the gallery is ready for Bloom on Friday. The artists have made their works and curated the show. The gallery is sparkling and our shop’s shelves are full of new products. Stop by 209 Anacapa Street on Friday night for our opening from 5:00-7:00 PM. It should be a beautiful night, and we are so excited to spend the Funk Zone Art Walk with you!

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Thank you for helping make our Valentine’s Day a special one! Youth Interactive’s Creative Studio held its second opening on Saturday, with three hours of live music, food, and art. We were overwhelmed by your turnout and support for the Funk Zone’s first youth-led gallery.

This Saturday, the team will resume planning their next big projects, including another Funk Zone mural. Stay tuned for more details!

And if you couldn’t make it to last weekend’s show, stop by and check out our new art, Funk Zone apparel, handmade bags, pillows, and more! Our shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from noon through 5:00.

A Different Point of View

Did you spot him ? We are so proud of student Luis Santos, this young man has come such a long way and is now an unquestionable inspiration to his piers. It’s so amazing to see students put their energy and time into exploring positive opportunities and enjoying it every step of the way!

Congratulations to our partner, A Different Point of View, what an amazing non profit doing great work.

For more information:
Visit ADifferentPointofView.org or call (805) 698-6784.

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.

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!  

  http://lucidityfestival.com/strategy-for-good/

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!

http://lucidityfestival.com/strategy-for-good/