The Fine Art program involves youth in creating original artwork made of traditional, recycled, and reused materials. It happens 3:30-6:30pm, every Monday through Friday in the YSA studio. YSA also encourages youth to explore performance art. Every third Saturday of the month, the youth hold a Poetry Slam, and perform pieces written in special trainings, led by Natasha Huey and Gabriel Cortez.
Weekly, YSA youth sell art their art at local businesses in Berkeley, and receive half the proceeds of their sales. The youth also learn about earning money, spending money wisely through budgeting, saving and investing money, using credit cautiously, and protecting one’s personal finance through an accredited curriculum. These combined efforts teach youth entrepreneurial and business skills.