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About Us

Youth Spirit Artworks started in 2007 as a response to the ​challenges faced by Alameda County’s transitional age ​youth impacted by adversity, economic and housing ​challenges.

We provide holistic engagement, intervention and ​opportunity offering transitional housing, leadership ​development utilizing Art as Therapy and by celebrating ​Youth Empowerment in community, beauty, land, history ​and freedom.

Our vision is that transitional age youth (16-25) will emerge centered, joyful and thriving in the world.

Our mission is to create spaces of safety, dignity and belonging for healing, transition, growth and development of TQBIPOC youth experiencing various vulnerabilities and challenges.

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We believe all youth are capable of healing through a process of support, self-understanding, learning, reconciliation and liberation.

Our Model

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  • 12 month Transitional Housing Program for youth 18-25
  • Housing Clinics
  • 1:1 Housing Navigation
  • After care

Healing & Personal Development

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  • Wellness Support & Life Skills Development
  • Equine Therapy
  • Healing & Job Clinics
  • Youth Advisory Board
  • Leadership Pathways
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Community & Belonging

  • Art as Therapy workshops
  • Cultural events celebrating history & identities
  • Murals & place making
  • Connection & resilience in nature
  • Healing Clinics non western modalities

Youth Centered Art Studio

YSA’s arts and social, emotional positive youth development programming is designed to help youth increase artistic knowledge, build new art skills, gain assets, and achieve individual entrepreneurial mindset.

We believe Art is a healing modality that can assist in emotional expression and generate a building block for youth to journey through healing trauma. The Art Studio offers Art as Therapy, an art workshop series that attaches art expression to healing practices. Within this component, we offer additional life skills workshops that venture into soul care and youth empowerment.

We also offer Youth Leadership opportunities that operate as a Youth Advisory Board. Our Youth Leadership programs help youth form inclusive communities.

YSA Transitional Village Program

We believe that if we offer Transitional Housing, along with trauma responsive ​holistic services focused on healing, recovery and intervention in every dimension of ​wellness, we can support youth launch towards a future prepared to enter ​permanent housing and opportunities.

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We offer opportunity to find permanent ​housing, career and personal goals success ​through case management, housing ​navigation, healing modalities, skills training ​and life skills development.

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Board of Directors

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chui sutton

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r. silva

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With a youthful spirit we acknowledge the visionary and pioneering work of Sally Hindman, YSA’s founder. We salute her contributions to the arts and cultural social fabric, and for connecting that fabric to the community development of Alameda County, and we wish her all the best in pursuit of her vision in new endeavors.

- The YSA Board, December 2022.

Our Funders & Partners

City of Oakland

City of Berkeley

Un​ion Pacific

California Arts Council

County of Alameda Health Care Services

Sierra Health Foundation

Amgen Foundati​on

Stupski Foundation

Sa​n Francisco Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

Options Recovery

Life Skills & AOD Recovery Support


Mental Health- Navigation

New Door Ventures

Professional Development & Employment Linkages

Alameda Family Services

Mental Health- Therapy

Patelco ​

Financial Wellness & 1:1 Financial Counseling

Dream Youth Clinic

Physical Health- Health Navigator-Psychiatry

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Individual Family Donors & Faith Based Organizations


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