Youth Homes focuses on helping young people rebuild their lives and infusing hope and possibility into families, just as we have been doing for more than 50 years. We weave the expertise of professionals, the compassion of our dedicated community members and the resourcefulness of our youth and families into something that can feel like magic.
Leap-Arts in Education
Leap’s mission is to provide top quality arts education programs that help students build skills to achieve their fullest potential. We envision a world where art is a fundamental part of every child’s education and success.
Youth Spirit Artworks
Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is an interfaith “green” art jobs and job training program located in Berkeley, California which is committed to empowering homeless and low-income San Francisco Bay Area young people.
YSA was founded in 2007, as a response to the enormous employment challenges of older homeless 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.
We strive to ensure that the lived experience of all youth is honored as part of the outdoor experience. We provide grantmaking, capacity building, and training to promote healthy lives and inspire future champions of the planet.
The Outdoor Educator’s Institute (OEI) is a three-month workforce and professional development program for 18-24 year-old Bay Area residents. OEI participants learn and practice a variety of skills necessary to become culturally competent outdoor leaders. In addition to receiving diversity, equity and inclusion training, OEI participants will be trained in wilderness backpacking, sea kayaking, ropes course facilitation, environmental education, conservation, group management and professional skills. OEI participants also receive guidance and connection with employment opportunities within the field upon completion of the program.
Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary and Education Center
Goatlandia started after its founder, Deborah Blum, moved from San Francisco to NW Santa Rosa. A former commercial pilot and restaurant owner, Deborah gave up the city life and has devoted herself to the belief that all beings deserve to be happy, and to live free of harm and fear. The newly acquired acreage enabled her to have space for a few chickens and a couple of goats. One thing led to another – her love of farm animals grew, as did her furry and feathered family. Almost all of animals were destined for slaughter, unwanted, sick or born with birth defects. They were rescued, healed, made to feel safe, and very loved (and a little spoiled). Today Goatlandia is home to 14 goats, 5 pigs, 29 chickens, 2 dogs and one happy and busy human. We are in the process of getting our 501c3 status, and excited about that! We look forward to our future growth, and to expanding our property, our services and our family.
The Last Smile
Provides education and training to people incarcerated in San Quentin and other facilities. They teach young and older adults how to code.
Ars Minerva is a San Francisco-based, 501(c)3 performing arts organization created in 2013 by Céline Ricci. Its mission is to engage new audiences for classical music through innovative productions of Baroque opera
Bay Leaf Kitchen
We ensure Bay Area youth have equitable access to the ocean, and through surf instruction.
We use surfing as a vehicle to improve the health and well being and engage youth with our three core beliefs.