Sally Hindman has thirty years of management and other experience working with non-profit organizations serving homeless people. She previously directed Berkeley California’s interfaith Chaplaincy to the Homeless and set up its Telegraph Avenue drop in center for homeless youth. Sally is the co-founder of Street Spirit, the San Francisco East Bay homeless newspaper. Sally received her M.A. in Theology and Art and her M. Div. from Pacific School of Religion. She holds an undergraduate degree in Natural Resources (Environmental Conservation) from Cornell University. Sally is an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate Theological Union Center for Art, Religion, and Education and Starr King School for the Ministry teaching “Liberation Art.” In 1998 she received KPFA radio’s Alice Hamburg Community Service Award for her outstanding leadership in serving homeless people in the East Bay. Sally has been a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) since 1984 and is a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting.
You can reach Sally at email@example.com.
Shelby Chan Kwong Speers
Shelby Chan Kwong Speers, better known as “C.K.”, joined Youth Spirit Artworks in October of 2021 filling the role of Program Coordinator. She was drawn to YSA for her passion in working with young individuals and creating curriculum that encompases both art and community responsive theory. As Program Coordinator, C.K. overlooks the curriculum of art workshops and vocational pathways, as well as supervising the Youth Leadership team and college interns.
Returning to Oakland after three years of teaching in the San Francisco Unified School District, and mentoring at San Francisco University, C.K. is passionate about building and implementing systems to evaluate community and individual wellness.
If you are interested in joining YSA as a youth participant, volunteer, or intern reach out to C.K. at shelbyck@youthspiritartworks.
Jimi Evins is an Artist, Art Educator, and Cultural Arts Activist. Jimi has been Art Director for many years in the Oakland community. As a graduate of CCA (California College of the Arts), Evins has worked with many arts organizations to bring quality art programming to Oakland, and especially East Oakland. Evins was lead Artist for the initial “100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change” project in 2005. Jimi has exhibited at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA., San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, the Sargent Johnson Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Oliver Hyde Gallery, the Richmond Art Center, Slate Contemporary Gallery, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Gallery 555, and the Solano Gallery, among others. He has received awards from the Ebony Museum of Arts, Inc. for Artistic Excellence and Pioneering Spirit in the Preservation of African Heritage, the Community Arts & Education Award from the California College of the Arts, the Jan-Schuyers Artistic Achievement Award from the Richmond Art Center and The Art of Living Black, and honored by the EOYDC for dedicated service as a Champion for Youth. In 2010 he received the Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.
According to Jimi, “Art making has been my passion since I was a child. I am at YSA to help bring a sense of creative possibilities to Youth Spirit participants. I want to improve & instill in youth a sense that they can create, in art, and in their lives, whatever they can imagine. Introducing to youth new methods and materials in the art making process is another of my goals at YSA.”
Jimi’s art has been influenced by his travels to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.
Jilly de la Torre
Tiny House Project Coordinator
Jilly de la Torre joined Youth Spirit Artworks as an intern in the summer of 2019. After graduating from Reed College in 2020 with a BA in English, she returned to YSA in the role of Tiny House Project Coordinator. In this role, she oversees community organizing and development logistics for the Tiny House Empowerment Village, in community with our interfaith partner congregations and broad team of volunteer contractors, architects, builders, and task force members. She now also works as a Case Manager for the residents at the Village, meeting weekly with each resident to help connect them to resources, support them with different challenges, and help them work toward their personal, professional, and academic goals. She also coordinates the Village’s program of free on-site resources, classes, and community supports – this includes a health clinic; mental health support groups and harm reduction-focused substance use support groups; classes in meditation, cooking, and fitness; and much more. Jilly is a strong believer in the importance of trauma-informed advocacy and community-driven work. As one of the founding staff members, she is excited to see the Tiny House Empowerment Village grow and flourish.
Program Social Worker
Leah Wilson joined the YSA’s Social Work Team in 2020. Leah was raised in the Bay Area and did the majority of her schooling in Oakland. She has worked with youth in so many capacities for over 10 years. She has passion for empowering youth and giving them a voice to be the change in their communities.
Leah has a BA in Social Work from San Jose State and a MSW from University of Southern California. She is in the beginning stages of becoming a licensed social worker. Leah enjoys spending time with her family especially with her nine nieces and nephews, finding random fun activities to explore throughout the Bay, and listening to music in her down time. She is excited to be part of the YSA family and giving back to her community that has given so much to her.
Eric Campos is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, who studied Sociology and Ethnic Studies. He grew up in the East Bay Area and is deeply passionate about helping and empowering youth so that they can reach their full potentials and meet their personal goals. Growing up in the Bay, he witnessed many social disparities within his own community and those around him, including inequality within education. Eric has a strong belief that education should be free and equal to all. His continuous and long-term goal is to provide support and guide underrepresented youth on their educational journeys.
Eric joined YSA as a public service intern. After graduating, he has now joined the YSA staff as a Jobs Developer and Administrator. Eric serves in a primary role coordinating academic and jobs resources, as well as jobs placement serving youth participants engaged in our jobs training program empowering homeless and unstably housed young people, ages 16 to 25. He is also engaged as a key administrator for our art-based core jobs readiness program.
Editor in Chief of Street Spirit
Alastair Boone joined YSA in July 2018 as the Editor in Chief of Street Spirit, the San Francisco East Bay homeless newspaper. As Editor, she assigns and edits the stories in the paper, builds relationships with writers and vendors, and keeps her finger on the pulse of homelessness issues in the Bay Area and beyond. Boone was born in San Francisco, and earned a BA from UC Berkeley in 2016. Previously, she worked for CityLab, The Atlantic‘s website on urbanism and city life. Her writing has also appeared in California magazine and The Daily Californian. At Street Spirit, she is looking forward to combining her passion for social justice with her love for journalism, and elevating homeless voices in the media.
Accessibility and Disability Services Coordinator
Kelly joined YSA in September 2021 as the Accessibility and Disability Services Coordinator. Originally from Ohio, Kelly attended the University of Kentucky where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and French and a minor in Criminology. Kelly then attended the University of Dayton where she obtained her Master of Science in Education degree. Kelly moved to San Francisco to complete her internship in the San Francisco Unified School District and obtained her license in school psychology.
Kelly has worked with a wide range of ages (from toddlers to adults) in supporting accessibility. Kelly has worked with young adults at the university level to provide them with accommodations and academic coaching. With younger students, she has completed evaluations, provided counseling, and tutored. Incorporating a trauma-informed lens, Kelly believes in art as a transformative and healing experience – she hopes to use her skills and experiences to provide direct support to the youth at YSA.
Board of Directors
Lila Blanchard, Secretary
Richmond Site Manager, Rubicon Programs Inc.
Jasmine Braxton, Co-Secretary
Corporate Counsel, Hearsay Social, Inc.
Financial Manager/Consultant, MODIS
Jordan Foster, Youth Representative
Former YSA Leader, Student, Berkeley City College
Reginald Gentry, Youth Representative
YSA Social Media Leader
Jonathann Giammarco, Treasurer
Inspection Specialist, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Jackson Hardamon, Youth Representative, President
Senior Service Aide, So. Berkeley Senior Center
Roger Kiel, President
Doctoral Candidate, School of Education, Aspen University
Allen Ratliff, MSW, LCSW
Doctoral Candidate, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
John Shannon, CPA
Audit Manager, KPMG LLP