Buy local and help support the nonprofit Youth Interactive this weekend at their Makers Market on Saturday, December 22. This unique nonprofit creates youth led businesses to mentor students’ creativity, help ignite their imaginations and provide them with new opportunities to develop the life skills needed to succeed beyond school.
YI Shop (located at 1219 State St. across from the Granada Theatre) is filled to the brim with local artists and craftsman working alongside students to celebrate the holiday season and create beautiful items for lucky holiday shoppers.
For the perfect gift, unique, LOCAL, handmade and crafted with love, stop in the YI Shop for everything you will need to make the holiday season shine bright for everyone on your list.
YI Shop is partnering with some of the Central Coast’s most creative artisans to support our youth. Among the gift items, you’ll find:
Turquoise Succulents by Ashley Rifkin
Barry Tryon Ceramics
Kathy Burba Ceramics
Jess Conti Leather Goods
Dancing Flame Glass by Lindsey Cossman
Pedaling Paper by Barbara Booth
Karen Hazarian Fine Jewelry
Table Salt Screen Prints by Earl Arnold
Avi Hyman’s Green Eyed Art
Wolf Hietzke – Ceramics
Felicia Artisan Jewelry
Founded in 2012, Youth Interactive Santa Barbara (YI) is a grassroots after school Entrepreneurial Arts Academy that bridges opportunity & social divisions by providing creative young adults from all walks of life with the keys to self-sufficiency.
Past participants say, the YI approach has changed the pathway of their lives from a place of darkness & failure to success! Click here for more information.
Youth Interactive Holiday Market is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 22 at 1219 State St. in Downtown Santa Barbara. www.youthinteractive.us
Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on December 20, 2018.