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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Greetings from Alcatraz Ave: Meet Youth Spirit Artworks

On one end, you’re in Oakland. At the other, you’re in Berkeley. If you keep going, you’ll end up back in Oakland. If you trip, you’ll fall into Emeryville. It’s an interesting mash-up of municipalities with a rich history of … Continue reading

Get to Know More About Us!

Interviews with the program director and participants of Youth Spirit Artworks in Berkeley CA. Youth ages 16 to 24, with an artistic bent, attend this program to learn skills in producing and selling their artwork while reflecting on their lives … Continue reading

Tune into 94.1FM/ 7PM Fri. Nov.21st – Celebrate YSA’s MX Mosaic Sign Project!

A piece about YSA’s Malcolm X Elemantary School Mosaic Sign Project will air today on 94.1 FM between 7 and 8 pm on  Full Circle!!! Thank you Greg Jackson for coming to interview our youth! The same piece may also … Continue reading