Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is an interfaith “green” art jobs and job training program located in Berkeley, California which is committed to empowering homeless and low-income San Francisco Bay Area young people, ages 16-25.

YSA was founded in 2007, as a response to the enormous employment challenges of older homeless and low-income youth, by one of the initiators of the Alameda County Homeless Youth Collaborative, who had observed first hand at the Telegraph Avenue Homeless Youth Drop-In Center the unmet needs of transition age youth for jobs and jobs training programs.

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The Life of a Tree

By: Rosa Malinche   My ancestors are the trunk of the tree My grandparents watered the tree and preserved the beautiful growth of life that the tree gave With that leaves grew an abundance of fresh green leaves, lushful it protected … Continue reading

I am an Aztec Princess with a Mistaken Identity

By: Rosa Malinche   Colors of red sand and green cactus. the fresh air of salt water lingered in my hair making it dry and crispy. I walked down the narrow road made of misfigured rocks and sand. I remember complaining … Continue reading

Where I’m From

By: Laura   I am from strong winds and dark nights I am from suffocating heat but ice cold hearts I belong to the air because I am from it’s wind I am from ice thawing talks I’m from screaming … Continue reading