Student Business of the Month: Havok!

Havok, our t-shirt design team, has had a busy month!

The Havok team posing outside of Youth Interactive.

The Havok team posing outside of Youth Interactive.

Havok has just released not one but THREE NEW t-shirts!

Inspiration for the designs came from the Super Bloom that has taken over California this year as well as the natural beauty of Santa Barbara. Students wanted to make shirts that could be relatable and exciting to the public, while also getting their name out there as they work to create a brand for themselves. The shirts turned out amazingly and are available in the shop TODAY! Check them out:

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Tutoring & Education: Mission Scholars

Mission Scholars is giving the opportunity for TEN Youth Interactive students to join their 2019 program!

Mission Scholars is a group that provides academic advising, mentorship, college admissions counseling, and more to high-achieving, underserved students. Understanding that applying to college can be confusing and complicated, Mission Scholars works to level the playing field and create opportunities and give guidance to those who may not otherwise have access to such. Some opportunities Mission Scholars provides are: SAT and ACT prep courses, college admissions workshops, and Southern California college tours.

Mayte posing in front of a custom PPD bag sign at 1st Thursday

Mayte posing in front of a custom PPD bag sign at 1st Thursday

One of the ten YI students is Mayte Ramirez, a junior from Santa Barbara High School on our Pier Pressure Designs team. Mayte is excited for the opportunities offered by Mission Scholars. She says,

“I thought I needed to go to City College for two years to work and get enough money for a four-year university, but Mission Scholars sends you to a four-year university and helps you find the financial aid you need. This will give me the opportunity to go to a university right out of high school and get started on my studies.”

Mayte hopes to get an environmental law degree and already has her eye on schools all over the country—from New York to Ohio to Washington and even Canada!

We are so excited for these students and thankful for Mission Scholars for such an amazing opportunity and offer!

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YI Shop End of Semester Update

The YI Shop has many new products in stock!

From new student products to new local vendors, the Youth Interactive Shop has something for everyone. Check out just some of the new products we have out NOW!

From our Student-Led  Infinite Treasures  team, we have wire-wrapped rings with semi-precious stones!

From our Student-Led Infinite Treasures team, we have wire-wrapped rings with semi-precious stones!

A new vendor,  Art Philosophy , brings us an array of Watercolor products, including watercolor coloring books!

A new vendor, Art Philosophy, brings us an array of Watercolor products, including watercolor coloring books!

The  Pier Pressure Designs  Student-Led Business has new Anchor Totes (pictured) and coin purses for purchase!

The Pier Pressure Designs Student-Led Business has new Anchor Totes (pictured) and coin purses for purchase!

From  Tara Ceramics , we have Santa Barbara made ceramics, like these cute and stylish plates!

From Tara Ceramics, we have Santa Barbara made ceramics, like these cute and stylish plates!

From  Urban Agriculture , we have many different “Grow Kits” where you can grow your own mint for homemade Moscow Mules, your own chamomile for tea, and more!

From Urban Agriculture, we have many different “Grow Kits” where you can grow your own mint for homemade Moscow Mules, your own chamomile for tea, and more!

Our  Creative Studio  Student-led business has new art on the walls! Come see the wide array of work the students have accomplished this semester.

Our Creative Studio Student-led business has new art on the walls! Come see the wide array of work the students have accomplished this semester.

From  GameWave Shop , we have these beautiful Santa Barbara Pins, to rep our city in style.

From GameWave Shop, we have these beautiful Santa Barbara Pins, to rep our city in style.

Student-led Business,  Havok , just released a new line of t-shirts! Including this California Poppy shirt and a Santa Barbara one too!

Student-led Business, Havok, just released a new line of t-shirts! Including this California Poppy shirt and a Santa Barbara one too!

To stay up to date on all things YI Shop, give us a follow on Facebook and Instagram: @youthinteractiveshop

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Learn more about our NEW Artist in Residence Program

Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts and Design Academy is partnering with YI to create an Artist in Residence program!

In collaboration with VADA (Visual Arts and Design Academy), Youth Interactive is providing one exceptional artist a month access to the loft space in our building! The goal of this program is to provide the students with the ability to work after hours to further develop their skills. Students are selected by the VADA director.

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The first artist chosen for this program is Gavin Gromquist! His piece (in the header of this blog) is an acrylic piece done on black mounting board. We are so excited for Gromquist to finish moving his materials in and begin using the loft space. Congratulations, Gavin!

Going forward, we are working to develop a program that will partner with other organizations to provide artists with a space to work and collaborate with our students.

Collaborative Impact: Thank you to the Santa Barbara Public Market!

The Santa Barbara Public Market (SBPM) has been a great support to Youth Interactive over the years, and we could not be more thankful for the relationship we have been able to form and the generosity shown to us by the Public Market.

I had the privilege to sit down and speak with Marge Cafarelli, the owner of the Public Market, to learn more about the partnership between YI and SBPM. 

Youth Interactive and the Public Market first started collaborating when the Public Market allowed use of their kitchen to the YI biscotti team. As students worked in this space, they were able to experience a true work environment and be more public about their business and product with the greater community. Over this time, Cafarelli got to know some of the students, and the relationship between the Public Market and Youth Interactive started to grow. 

The Public Market wanted to be able to further participate in Youth Interactive’s work. They think it is really important for young people to have a place to go to express themselves, do art or homework, and get tutoring, and they wanted to be able to be a part of that community. As their own mission, the Santa Barbara Public Market is all about community. They want to support the local community and provide a place for people to feel welcomed and safe, and this seemed to be a great fit with YI’s mission. 

A shipment of food and snacks from the Public Market for our students!

A shipment of food and snacks from the Public Market for our students!

Cafarelli and the Public Market started thinking of ways to collaborate. They wanted to go beyond just giving money and over the years have donated so much—like a brand new white board, multiple computers, tables, chairs, and so much more. Just like how the Public Market provides Santa Barbara with good and healthy food, the Public Market has also been generous enough to stock our kitchen here at Youth Interactive! They provide food and snacks for our students, and we could not be more thankful for that. 

We are so lucky to have a partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Market, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate and grow in our relationship with them in the future! Thank you, SBPM!

Student Spotlight: Meet our Students of the Month!

Each month, our four student-led businesses vote on a member of their team who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities to be the Student of the Month!

Students get a certificate of honor and are awarded two tickets to the concert of their choice at the Santa Barbara Bowl. We also hang up a Student of the Month announcement in the shop for the rest of the month. Included in the announcement is a short interview conducted by the student leader to help others get to know those being honored!

Here are this month’s Students of the Month and some excerpts from the interviews:

Congratulations, Elle!

Congratulations, Elle!

The Creative Studio Student of the Month is Elle Kamuiru!

Elle is a junior at Santa Barbara High School who empathetic, introspective, and energetic! A bit about Elle:

Elle’s favorite emoji is 🤧 because it never fails her! Also, if she could travel anywhere, she would go to Cuba because she saw an I-Max movie that inspired her to explore the dense and diverse culture.

Way to go, Mayte!

Way to go, Mayte!


The Pier Pressure Designs Student of the Month is Mayte Ramirez!

Mayte is a junior at Santa Barbara High School who kind, intelligent, and welcoming! A bit about Matye:

If she could travel anywhere in the world, Mayte would go to Rome! Also, She really looks up to her father and apple salad is her favorite dessert!

Nice work, Jaharí!

Nice work, Jaharí!

The Havok Student of the month is Jaharí Denison!

Jaharí is a sophomore at Santa Barbara High School who is inspiring, energetic, and thoughtful! A bit about him:

Jaharí admires and looks up to his father and his brother. Also, coffee cake is his favorite dessert!

Yeah, Osiel!

Yeah, Osiel!



The Infinite Treasures Student of the month is Osiel Ocampo!

Osiel is a sophomore at Santa Barbara High School who is fun, caring, and loved by his peers. A bit about Osiel:

🤠 is his favorite emoji because it is a fun and different emoji! He also really admires his mom because she is the hardest working person he knows.


Congratulations to each of our Students of the Month! Keep up the good work!



YI Business Spotlight: Resurrected by Youth

What is Resurrected by Youth?

Resurrected by Youth (RBY) is the Youth Interactive program that works with incarcerated high school boys at Los Prietos Boys Camp to upcycle or resurrect wine barrels from wineries in the Santa Barbara County. The RBY program is an elective that the young men can take to learn about entrepreneurship, business, life skills, and wood working. We currently have three mentors who go to Los Prietos Boys Camp (LPBC) on Saturdays. In the mornings, they work on overall class work and then in the afternoons, carpenters teach the guys how to use wood shop tools and turn the donated wine barrels into something new!

What has Resurrected by Youth been working on?

One of the bowls made by RBY! Perfect for fruit!

One of the bowls made by RBY! Perfect for fruit!

In March, the mentors at RBY have been focusing on teaching the boys how to find a job, how to fill out a job application, how to prepare an interview, and how to present themselves well and be confident in who they are! One way they did this was by filling out a Subway application on their own and then walking through it and discussing the important parts. Along with these lessons, the boys learned woodworking fundamentals and then worked on their first project, which was to make bowls from barrel staves. For their current project, they are working on making small tables!

How can the YI community support Resurrected by Youth?

As a community, it is important for us to believe in these young men. Each one is an amazing and capable person that may just need a reason to believe in themselves, someone to support them, and affirmation that are a part of this community. Buy RBY products in the shop to support these guys too!

Thank you to RBY mentors Fred Cockrell and Chad Burgoyne for the work you are doing and for sharing what you guys are up to at LPBC!

March Recap: YI Events and Programs

March has been a great month at Youth Interactive!

TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH EVERYTHING COMING UP, FIND A CALENDAR OF FUTURE EVENTS HERE.

March Recap:

1st Thursday was a success again this month! For music, we had Santa Barbara Middle School on stage. Students performed a collection of pop and rock covers. In addition, we had performances by Justice Claveria and Hailey Turner. Check out Hailey’s full set here! We also had art by Jeffrey Aaronson, Ryuijie, Cynthia James, and the Visual Arts and Design Academy’s sophomores. Their works are still up, so if you missed 1st Thursday, there is still time to stop by the shop and see their beautiful pieces. Our YI students were also making custom products for attendees, a feature you can expect to see at April’s 1st Thursday as well! Here are some pictures from the night:

Belmond El Encanto’s 101st Anniversary Celebration was a fundraiser to benefit YI! With 250 guests, the event raised more than $28,000 for Youth Interactive! We were so honored and thankful to be the recipients of such generosity. Throughout the event, YI students were present and able to discuss their work with attendees with their products on display. A couple students were even live painting! For the guests, they enjoyed delicious snacks and refreshments, got to see old hotel memorabilia, and could share a memory, postcard, or photo in a time capsule. Thanks to Belmond El Encanto and GoCampaign for such an amazing event!

MOXI Field Trips were a hit! Each team was able to visit MOXI (The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation) this month. Students spent the afternoon touring the museum and trying out the interactive exhibits. They got to put together wooden cars to race, launch a bottle rocket, use their heartbeat to play a drum, and so much more!

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We also held a couple events in our building! CALM (Child Abuse Listening Meditation) Auxiliary was here for an afternoon. Bosch held a three-day conference in our Atrium as well.

It was great being able to open up our space! If you are looking for somewhere to host your next private event, please consider Youth Interactive! If you’re interested, you can find out more information here.


We are so thankful to have had such a successful month! Thank you for all of your support and for staying up to date on all that we are doing. We could not do any of this without you!