Thoughtful, committed people can change the world

A few weeks ago I started volunteering at Youth Interactive in Santa Barbara. I spend one afternoon each week helping kids who are creative entrepreneurs. They call their program TEA – for Technology, Entrepreneurship and The Arts. It’s an inviting creative space down in the ‘FUNK ZONE’ near State Street and the beach.

The first project I got started with was the youth studio space. They have a ton of great art supplies from markers and watercolor paint to beads and knitting materials. There is a vision for how the space could evolve to be even more functional for the students. I put together an inspiration board on Pinterest to get some ideas. The storage, art display and work space management are big things to consider in this versatile area. If anyone has metallic coffee cans, wooden crates, or other similar items… they could become transformed into art storage!

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I’m also working with some teen girls who are starting their own brownie business. We have a facebook page up and a basic business plan started. Over the next couple of weeks they will start to sell their brownies at local stores over the weekend down in the FUNK ZONE. Be sure to check them out – they are mmm…. yummy brownies! Initially we worked on some packaging ideas, see image below, but in looking at the start-up budget we might make few adjustment before they hit stores. (I’ll keep you posted on their progress.) LIKE their facebook page!

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