Berkeley Youth Institute

Brought to you by the YMCA of the Central Bay Area.

A letter from our Program Manager

Hey beautiful people!

This year I’m campaigning for the YMCA-PG&E Teen Center. It’s my second year as Program Manager of the Berkeley Youth Institute, and I am so thankful to call this my job. Most days you’ll find me and the group walking around the TC with our shoes off because for me and a lot of our young folks, this place is our second home. 

This program is special because, in addition to being a second home, it provides the young folks with the training and resources necessary to be successful in the workforce. Currently, we have 40 active participants. They have all logged at least 150 hours in the lab this year learning, practicing, and creating with professional software and equipment. The reason why I do this work is so that my program participants, 90% whom are of people of color, can be appropriately prepared for work in white/male dominated tech and creative industries. 

Please join me in supporting the YMCA-PG&E Teen Center by making a donation to my campaign (click the photo below!). I’m completely committed to making sure that our young folks, especially those lacking resources, continue to have a NO COST space where they can be themselves, and develop the skills to challenge the status quo. 

Thank you in advance for your contribution!