Youth, Succeeding through Training, Restorative Initiatives, Volunteering and Education Hosted its first annual "Unity In Our Community" Youth and Law Enforcement Retreat as YStrive In June 2007. A youth-driven response to youth violence, negative police interaction to empower gang impacted youth.
To engage and address the fundamental causes of gang-risk behavior of youth in our community. Drawing from collaborative efforts we empower youth to build crisis resilient relationships with their families and create a safer, healthier community. We facilitate lasting change by:
• Increasing communication skills through training that reduces youth-on-youth violence and incarceration. • Providing individualized educational support that reduces truancy and supports educational excellence. • Tailoring our paid job and career readiness skill training to increase youth employment.
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We are thankful for all of our supporters over the years
November YStrive holds Community Policing Workshop with 8 newly hired officers to give voice to the community concerns about police practices in Santa Barbara
February YStrive begins working with La Cuesta again at the Quetzal East location. One of the four campus locations launched as a hybrid system crafted in wake of El Puente School's closing.
January YStrive hires Steven Fuentes as a part-time grant writer. Steven has written and published two books about growing up in Santa Barbara..
December YStrive closes for Winter Break. We will be open on January 5th 2016. Find our final 2015 events and new job openings on our Facebook
June YStrive honors Alma Hernandez for her graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara and for her years of service to her community. Alma has worked with us since she was in Middle School and also with the Police Activities League, Project Excel, Santa Barbara Junior High and others.
June YStrive completes its 1st Spring Session of a "new" pilot project. Youth Employment Services Project that provides 16 weeks of classroom and hands-on training with job placement assistance with and 12 month post-completion follow-up.
May Hector Avila joins the YStrive staff. Hector will assist with Marketing and Branding from his experience with Dons Net Cafe
May YStrive is featured in May 14th issue of the Santa Barbara Independent. more... Pictured here from left to right: Alejandra Buzo Chris Fischer Keery Gomez Keith Terry Robert Jacobs
April Keery returns to YStrive as an Office Assistant after her 4REAL training and a short trip down south. Keery works as a Youth Employment Service Project Assistant.
January YStrive starts its Youth Employment Success Project Applications are now available.
December YStrive closes for Winter Break. We will be open on January 5th 2015. Find our final 2014 events and new job openings on our Facebook
October Robert Jacobs joins YStrive as a mentor/job trainer. Robert comes with many years of experience in the building trades and most recently worked as a Locksmith for Santa Barbara Locksmiths
September YStrive members help Living Faith Center raise money for their youth group at the 23rd Annual California Lemon Festival
September YStrive members repair a fence. One of the many services offered for mobile home park residents
August Fiesta, Old Spanish Days serves up delicious Chef Torgy's recipes like his Famous Tri-tip sandwiches and Beefy Beef Ribs (homemade sauce) at McKenzie Park.
May YStrive for Youth welcomes Karyn Bowman to the team. Karyn is a proud Sun Devil from Arizona State University. She is taking over for Alma Hernandez as Development Director and filling our CFO needs.
April Alma Hernandez for 10 years of service to her community through YStrive. We thank her for never giving up on her dreams and making Santa Barbara and YStrive better for her being a part. Alma is currently attending UCSB full time and is active member of our Board of Directors.
December - Back in Business YStrive has successfully restructured and is back in full operation with a new strategic plan. Thanks to a generous grant from The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation.
Primo Boxing Club Calling It Quits After Long Fight to Gain Financial Footing. We will miss having Primo just blocks away. Another long-time program closes because of a lack of funding. Thank you Joe and Jean for all of your support.
YSTRIVE Temporary SHUTS DOWN
Just like our government, things can come to a halt. We have shut-down all non-essential operations until 2014. All staff has been laid off indefinitely and the office is closed. Hope to see you next year.
YStrive members help Living Faith Center raise $8,000 for their youth group at the 22nd Annual California Lemon Festival Sept 28 & 29, 2013!
August - Fiesta 13. YStrive serves Chef Torgy's Famous Tri-tip sandwiches and beefy Beef Ribs at McKenzie Park. Come out and support youth in your community
Completes entry of all membership data into a salesforce database and continues to organize our five-year youth driven organization sustainability report.
March 23rd marks out 3rd Annual Spring fundraiser called, "SpringRaiser". We hope to see of you there! This year we will also have a benefit car wash, on same day.
Our first Fundraiser of 2013, scores $1000. Thanks to Tony and CosimaRincon with help from the "Uptown Lounge", our host for our 1st Annual Superbowl Raffle. The First Prize being a trip to Hawaii for two. YStrive provided over 30% of its own funding, with nearly 15% coming from relevant fundraising activities.
YStrive starts its second Youth Job Training business with Moving Help (a UHaul affiliate). Packing, safe carry and proper loading are some of the skills taught in this project business.
YStrive for Youth, INC. begins work on its 5 year report on the sustainability of a youth-driven organization. Thanks to the "Towbes Foundation," and the "Fund for Santa Barbara," for their grant awards. Contributions are needed to complete this project so please use the 'Donate' Button above.
Testimonial Videos Please take a few minutes to view some of our testimonials on YouTube by utilizing this button.
Our First Annual Fiesta Booth Fundraiser. Chef Torgy's Famous Tri-Tip Sandwiches and Ice Cream
Santa Barbara Police Department Officers meets with YStrive at its 11th Annual, "Unity In Our Community" Peace Circle gathering. YStrive came out of the Pro-Youth Coalition which established the Peace Circle in Montecito, California.
The Employment DevelopmentDepartment (EDD) giving a presentation for us at La Cuesta High School as a guest speaker of YStrive's 4REAL Project. 4REAL is a 4-Step, "Real Employment Achievement Learning" project that includes job-readiness with real job interviews, job-training in real businesses and job placement through partnerships with locally-owned businesses.
4REAL Summer Construction Learning Project, at Friendship Baptist Church. YStrive members were able to learn how-to with hands-on. From project research, gathering community support, training by local professionals and project management YStrive completed this project with 80% donated and recycled materials. Thank you Channel City Lumber, Home Depot and Workforce Investment Board. More pictures on Training page.
YStrive takes : "Alternatives to Violence Program" workshop
May Its an uphill battle most times to find funding needed to work with our community in a way that has lasting impact. Our annual Youth and Law Enforcement retreat is part of the backbone YStrive. Please help in anyway you can. Thanks Eric for the article.
May YStrive assists a Chumash student at Carpinteria High School to change the racist mascot of his school and that of the middle school which portray indigenous people in a racist and stereotypical manner as well as use sacred native symbols in inappropriate ways.
Dr. Julie Carlson (UCSB) welcomes families to our 2nd Annual Excellence in Education Partnership (Project Excel) Dinner Fundraiser. We have a High School graduation rate of 95% in which EiEP provides educational mentors to students starting as early as the 5th grade.
April "Don't Hate the Player" Annual Handball Tournament, Inter-Neighborhood Championship, with Santa Barbara West-side and East-side participants as well as Goleta youth. This tournament was held in April only a month after the March, 2007 stabbing, on State street. At this event, there were no incidents of violence between youth from the East-side nor the West-side.
Shalhoobs Meat Company - YStrive brings Community Day School Students to a Community BBQ with Assistant Principal, "Bonnie Switach" andSchool Teacher, "Mwei Banks."
"Don't Hate the Player" Handball Tournament held in Carpinteria. Pre-liminary winners, in the three age groups.
Our 1st Annual EiEP (Project Excel) Dinner and Fundraiser held at the Franklin Neighborhood Center. EIEP founder Babatunde and former SBCC Transfer Achievement Program Director, Francisco Dorame.
June La Cuesta High Graduation Ceremony where YStrives celebrates first member to acheive Valedictorian and Youth Leadership Awardee in the same year
October Official Logo Contest "Winning" designed by a high-student and drawn by her teen-aged brother. One of the first motions carried by the newly formed Board of Directors and the Youth Advisory Boards.
August YStrive rises from the ashes of the Gang Risk Intervention Program (a Pro-Youth Coalition initiative) and moves into its first office at the Franklin Center on the east side of Santa Barbara.
From the start our founders shared roles and responsibilities. They worked together as office staff, outreach coordinators, event planners and program assistants, alternating roles as needed.
FOUNDERS: Isme, Judie and Gera
July Program that showed gang members 'a different way' loses funding - DAWN HOBBS, NEWSPRESS
Peace Circle at our first "Unity In Our Community" Gang Risk Intervention Program (GRIP)/YStrive Annual (3 day) Youth Retreat.
Acme Detection Albertsons Markets All Saints by the Sea AllforOne Alma R. Hernandez Alternatives to Violence Program Amanda Hernandez Arosha Silkscreen Art and Judy Stevens Babatunde Folayemi (RIP) Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Blenders in the Grass Boeing Airlines Capital Hardware Carl's Jr Restaurants Casa De Maria Cathy Murrillo Center for Corrective Jaw Surgery Channel City Lumber Chef Torgy Catering Chris and Gail Fischer Christ the King Church Circuit City City of Santa Barbara Comp USA Cool Hand Look Cornelia Moore Foundation Domino's Pizza Douglas G. Murray, CPA Dr. Julie Carlson Employment Development Dept Esther Hernandez Foodbank of Santa Barbara Franklin Neighborhood Center Franklin School Friendship Baptist Church Gelson's Market Gene & Susan Sung Giovanni's Pizza Hayward Lumber Helen V. Terry Hermanas Unidas, UCSB Hernandez Landscaping Hollywood Video Holy Cross Church Home Depot Huller Research Isaiah Garcia J. Alan Machining J. Louis Watkins James S. Bower Foundation Jennie Egan Mr. & Mrs. John Kennedy John & Bonnie Switack Juan Barajas JP Herrada Karl & Katherine Burrelsman Kathy Abney Keith & Lena Terry Kind World Foundation Kirk & Lauri Michel Kiwanis Club L.E.A.D, UCSB La Cuesta High School Lee & Associates Consulting Lewis A. Kingsley Foundation Longs Drugs Lunas Jumpers MarBorg Industries Matthew Sanchez (RIP) McCune Foundation McDonald's Restaurants Mi Gente Youth Mentoring Michael & Robin Powers Michael Towbes Michael Vidal Michael Wilds Oxford Academics Mission Linen Monica Mendoza Montecito Bank & Trust Mountain Construction Nancy Raap Nat and Elsie Mitchell OfficeMax Palabra Pat Hardy, AVP PermAction Play-It-Again Sports Precision Auto Primo Boxing Princess Tanning Salon Professional Consolidated Solutions Pro-Youth Coalition Pro-Youth Movement Quality Windows Raab-Marguise Foundation Ralph's Markets Ramona Hernandez Ricardo & Judith Lugo Robert Jacobs Rotary Club Santa Barbara Foundation Santa Barbara Handball Club Santa Barbara Juveniles Services Santa Barbara Locksmiths Santa Barbara Teen Legal Clinic Sarah McCune Scolaris Food Market Shalhoob Meat Company Smart & Final Social Venture Partners South Coast Church Staples Steve Morris Driving School Take-One Video Productions The FUND for Santa Barbara The Santa Barbara Independent Tony and Cosima C. Rincon Towbes Foundation Trader Joe's TW Construction UC Santa Barbara UHaul Moving Services Uptown Lounge Venoco Inc. Vons Markets Westside Boys and Girls Club Wilderness Youth Project Wood-Claeyssens Foundation Workforce Investment Board Youth CineMedia Youth Drought Project Youth Employment Opportunity Youth Making Change
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