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!


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


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.



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.


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