Berkeley Youth Institute

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

YI & Youth Enrichment Strategies collaboration

Lucy (YI) shows Billy (YES) how expose a photograph properly.

From December to May we worked closely with our new community partner - Youth Enrichment Strategies: Nature to Neighborhoods (YES). YES provides youth, adults and families living in Richmond access to experiences in the natural environment – opportunities that can ignite the imagination, build self-confidence and enhance leadership skills. Because of both our commitments to youth development and the natural environment it was importance for us to bring our resources together in an exciting way!

Over the last six months our youth leadership teams grew close, teaching each other about the outdoors and digital media. We helped YES prepare for their end of the year research project by teaching them how to take pictures, record and edit video, and create/record their own sounds. In return, they provided us with much needed and much appreciated opportunities in nature throughout the school-year. This was a cool collaboration that we're definitely looking forward to continuing next year!

Lulani (YI) designs a fun Illustrator workshop for YES. 

Xavier and a participant chilling at a YES family camp.

Lulani tells a secret to one of the kids at a YES family camp.