Youth Spirit Artworks & Community Engagement Team Meeting

March 31st

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    Room: Meditation Hall

    Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA), a non-profit organization committed to empowering unhoused youth, is currently engaged in a campaign to build a 14-unit Tiny House Village for youth ages 18-25 on a site in Oakland. The Berkeley Shambhala Center, along with the larger interfaith community, has been invited to support this project by working alongside youth as their assistants in the creation of this village.

    On March 31st, some of the youth leaders from YSA will visit the Berkeley Shambhala Center to share more about the Adopt a Tiny House Program and answer questions. Following their presentation, anyone interested is invited to stay for a meeting of BSC’s new Community Engagement Team — a member-led group dedicated to exploring how our sangha can get more involved in social justice issues in the East Bay.  Please register in advance if you are interested in attending any part of this meeting, and feel free to invite guests.

    About Youth Spirit Artworks: 

    Youth Spirit Artworks is an interfaith "green" art jobs and job training program located in Berkeley, California, which is committed to empowering unhoused and low-income San Francisco Bay Area young people. YSA was founded in 2007 as a response to the enormous employment challenges of older unhoused 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. The mission of Youth Spirit Artworks is to use art jobs and jobs training to empower and transform the lives of youth, giving young people the skills, experience, and self-confidence needed to meet their full potential. 

    Read more about Youth Spirit Artworks and the Tiny House Village project here.

    Cost: Free

    Contact: If you have questions, email Elena Oxman at education [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org