YBCA Youth Fellows

We believe that youth and young adults are the experts on the issues affecting their lives.

Calling all Bay Area teens and young adults

Would you like more information about how to get involved with YBCA? Email us at youth@ybca.org and we’ll tell you about some exciting new programs coming your way.

As the creative home for civic action, YBCA’s Youth Fellows use art, creative process, and hands-on learning to imagine and implement creative solutions to the issues impacting their communities, and act as leaders, innovators, and artists for social change.

The Youth Fellows Program brings together young people from across the Bay Area to engage in a yearlong journey of inquiry, dialogue, and project generation in collaboration with neighborhood based organizations, activists, and professional artists. Participants learn visual and performance art, media, and critical thinking and communication skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Through engagement with signature institutional initiatives such as YBCA 100 and YBCA Fellows, we’re committed to providing a platform for youth to generate culture that moves people.

2017-2018 Youth Fellows

Youth Fellows go on a yearlong journey of inquiry, dialogue, and project generation in collaboration with neighborhood-based organizations, activists, and professional artists. Youth Fellows:

– Participate in creative workshops with professional artists and community organizers
– Make new friends and collaborate with a diverse group of young people
– Learn visual and performance art and media
– Think critically about issues you care about and use art to make change
– Build essential job and life skills such as critical thinking and communication in a supportive environment
– Have fun!

YBCA Youth Fellows in the field

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 17–18 are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.

YBCA’s Youth Fellows Program in 17-18 is generously supported by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the California Arts Council, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, Verizon, The Sato Foundation, and Macy’s.

Any views, finding, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.