Participating Organizations


The CAST Academy at Balboa High School is career/technical pathway supported by the State of California Education Department’s California Partnerships Academies. CAST is a visual and performing arts based program with an emphasis on the career/technical professions in the areas of the Arts and Entertainment Industries.

Using the arts and design as a lens for examining the world around them, students become keenly aware of the every day impact of visual communications and design on our lives. By engaging in creatively and technically challenging mediums like video, audio, digital animation, motion graphics, and theatre production, students learn the skills and understanding necessary to actively create their own channels of communication. By working both as individuals as well as in production teams, students learn to work together to problem solve and produce a work that is larger than anyone individual.


BAYCAT offers free classes in media and design. Through project-based learning and access to the latest digital technology, students are able to learn professional media applications while discovering their innate artistic abilities. By encouraging students to collaborate with each other, their families, and the world around them, we strive to build a community enriched by the experience of creative expression.


In 2008, the Columbia Park Clubhouse celebrated a century of service in the Mission District. Over the past 100+ years, the Clubhouse has had an enormous impact on the neighborhood, providing educational services, high-end art instruction, wood shop classes, a famous marching band, a youth-run sidewalk cleaning business, gang intervention work, and much more. Throughout the decades, The Club has been consistently recognized for its innovative programs, including six National Program Excellence Awards from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Known for its arts programming, it has also regularly achieved top honors in Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s ImageMakers Photography Show and the National Fine Arts Show for mediums including printmaking, watercolor, pastel, and monochromatic.


The C.I.T.Y. (Creative Inspiration Through Youth) Teen Program is an employment opportunity designed specifically for high school students (ages 14-17) with opportunities for promotion through their first two years of college. It combines job experience with a mentoring environment, providing useful skills often unseen among students at this age.

The C.I.T.Y. Teen Program emphasizes leadership development, community engagement, and mentoring opportunities in creative industries. High school students are selected each year to facilitate the Children’s Creativity Museum experience by assisting visitors of all ages. During the program, C.I.T.Y. Guides receive training to advance their creative and technical skills from beginner to expert level in core areas such as writing and producing news broadcasts, creating clay animation movies, performing in music videos, and composing digital art.

Highly motivated teens with a strong interest in learning about art and technology, working with people of all ages, and becoming community leaders should apply. The ONLINE application will be available on this page January 7, 2013. The ANNUAL application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2013. We will begin reviewing online applications after the deadline. For any questions, please contact Aimee Espiritu, Youth Program Manager at


Printmaking studio classes at SOMArts offer dynamic, reasonably-priced classes for experienced printmakers as well as people who don’t think of themselves as artists—until they start producing gorgeous prints!

All supplies are included, with the exception of plates and paper (which can be purchased directly from the instructor at cost). Please bring an apron or old shirt to protect your clothing, and leave perfectionism and control at the door.


The GRRRL Brigade is an intensive dance/leadership development program designed to provide high quality dance training, performance opportunities, and a sense of self-empowerment for San Francisco’s girls ages 9 to 18. Our goal is to give the girls, their parents, and our audience the inspiration, magic, and hope only evocative dance theater can spark in creating a just and peaceful world. The girls are instructed by some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading dance and taiko artists. They take weekly classes in Modern-Jazz, Afro-Cuban Modern, Hip Hop and Taiko (Japanese drumming) from September to May and are encouraged to create their own choreography.


The DJ Project is an arts entrepreneurship, prevention, and employment program built on a hip-hop foundation. It uses music to engage young adults, giving them opportunities to develop in a context familiar to them. Through applied entrepreneurship, audio production, DJing, breakdancing, job readiness training and community service, The DJ Project model is a creative learning experience for the hip-hop generation.

But The DJ Project is more than just your typical after school Hip Hop or prevention program. It’s a way of life. Youth who participate in The DJ Project build a sense of their own identity through music and engagement with their peers, and grow not only as artists and business moguls, but as leaders in the community. Through an artful mix of B-boy styles, off the chart turntablism, mad vocals, and razor sharp business acumen, The DJ Project youth are launching themselves into the tech savvy 21st Century lifestyle. We are proud of what our youth are accomplishing, and eager to support what they will become. The DJ Project – a new way of life.


Are you an independent thinker who wants to build the skills necessary to succeed in college and life? June Jordan prepares a diverse group of urban youth to be: Community members who show respect, integrity, courage, and humility; Agents of change in their school, their neighborhoods, and the world; and Intellectuals with the skills necessary to succeed in college and life.

June Jordan School for Equity was explicitly designed as a school for equity and social justice. It was founded through a community organizing effort by a group of teachers, parents, and youth, with the goal of providing better educational options for students who were not being served well in traditional schools. The group aimed to be a part of a social justice movement to provide a high-quality education to all youth in the city—not just those from certain neighborhoods or backgrounds. Social justice and equity are reflected in the key design features of the school, which we are moving toward fully implementing a safe, personalized learning environment with a sense of belonging. We offer a small overall school size since the school is a Small School by Design. We support mental and physical health support for students through our Wellness Center.


MYT provides youth ages 2-21 with high quality theater arts experience that integrates drama, dance, music and stagecraft. Open to all young performers without audition or regard to financial limitations, MYT produces full-scale original musical productions each year for elementary, middle and high school/college performance ensembles. MYT also offers skill-building classes, Artists In the Schools, a Teen Touring Troupe and summer theater intensives with high school and college internships. MYT classes and ensembles are directed by outstanding professional teaching artists.


The mission of Oasis For Girls is to partner with under-resourced girls and young women to help them discover opportunities and explore their dreams. Our youth-development programs provide a safe space to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and confidence to build strong futures for themselves and their communities.  At Oasis, girls learn to make healthy decisions, explore the world and themselves, and discover their full potential. Through our year-round programs, Oasis girls develop lifeskills to navigate the challenges of adolescence; gain experience in the arts to develop new modes of expression; foster capacity for leadership; and pave a path to school and career opportunities through technology training.


Are you into the arts, but don’t have the proper access to study it? Most specialized arts programs these days are over priced or only geared for college age students. With Project LEVEL you will be able to experience all aspects of the arts: such as Studio Recording and Production, Graphic Design, Photography, Video Production, Money management, Public Relations, and Journalism. If you are already an artist, the skills that we will be teaching and permitting you to practice, will make you stronger in your craft. If your only a beginner here is your chance to explore a world with many amazing opportunities.

Project LEVEL’s seeks to educate, enlighten and create a positive force for today’s youth. We strive in creating a safe environment to interact with your peers and freely learn and master your gifts.


Root Division’s mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.


The Chevron Corporation Teen Center houses a popular interest collection for ages 12-19 which includes fiction and non-fiction titles, graphic novels, magazines and audiobooks. (Teen music CDs & DVDs are housed in the Audiovisual Center on the First Floor.)


S.C.R.E.A.M., (Sunset Creators Reaching Every Able Mind) an after-school program of the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, is a high school media-making group that consists of teenagers from around San Francisco working together on a wide range of media projects. Whether the media-makers are inspired to make personal interest, entertainment, or educational films, S.C.R.E.A.M. members contribute many hours of hard work and dedicate themselves to the media-making process.


First Exposures is the only mentoring program in San Francisco that provides free weekly photography classes for under-served youth, aged 11-18.

Students live with their families in transitional or low-income housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and some have recently experienced homelessness. Camerawork collaborates with a wide range of youth service organizations in order to reach young people with diverse backgrounds.

Praised as a model program by the State of California, First Exposures is unique in its one-to-one pairing of each child with a photographer who serves as a caring mentor and positive adult role model. Mentors are photographers with a commitment to youth empowerment through education, volunteering for a minimum of one year.


Youth Theater Project is a Collaborative Play Making 8-week after school program.

How do you use comedy to talk about something serious? How do you write as a group and include everyone’s ideas?

Our instructors use theater and improvisation games and team-building exercises to break down barriers, encourage collaboration, and facilitate trust and comfort. We introduce the stock characters and contemporary archetypes from American Melodrama and Commedia dell’Arte and show how they are useful today. We move from there into ensemble methods of play creation with an emphasis on using theater to address topics. The culmination of our 8 weeks is a weekend performance of these original One-Act plays at the Mission Cultural Arts Theater.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe is famous for creating political satire musicals. We do not do silent, beret wearing, black turtle-neck, face paint mime. Our mime is in the ancient sense of “to imitate, to mimic.” So yes- we talk and even sing. We use larger than life characters, fantasy, and a strong story line with a clear point of view. We believe that it is possible to talk about any political or social issue in a way that is exciting and engaging, and above all we believe that a good play can change people for the better.


The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars program provides advanced-level training and performance opportunities for some of the most talented musicians in the nation. Selected annually by competitive audition, the All-Stars rehearse and perform with today’s top jazz educators and artists.

Through the SFJAZZ Meet the Masters program, All-Stars members enjoy regular workshops, master classes and mentoring sessions with leading artists, such as Miguel Zenon and the SFJAZZ Collective, Terence Blanchard, Yusef Lateef, Ravi Coltrane, and Ellis Marsalis.


TILT, the Youth Program of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, teaches young people the fundamentals of movie making and media literacy through hands-on training in video production. TILT programs empower young people to tell their own stories, to work collaboratively, and to become life long learners.


WritersCorps, a joint project of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Arts Commission, places professional writers in community settings to teach creative writing to youth. Since its inception in 1994, the program has helped nearly 18,000 young people from neighborhoods throughout San Francisco improve their literacy and increase their desire to learn. WritersCorps publishes award-winning publications and produces local and national events featuring young people. The program is part of a national alliance with sites in the Bronx and Washington, D.C., whose shared vision is to transform and strengthen individuals and communities using the written word.


Be a leader in the next era of youth arts and activism in the Bay Area and beyond with YBCA YAAW.

The YBCA Young Artists At Work (YAAW) program – a paid, multidisciplinary arts-as-activism residency for youth at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – is doing things a little differently this year.

We aren’t just an artist factory anymore – we’re a year-long residency for the next generation of socially-engaged young artists, an incubator for tomorrow’s creative thinkers and social changemakers.

In July of 2012, up to 30 Bay Area high school youth will spend a month immersed in contemporary art and ideas at YBCA. Then, we’ll spend the year designing and producing our own original community-based arts project under the guidance of YBCA artist mentors.