YBCA Youth Fellows

We believe that youth and young adults are the experts on the issues affecting their lives.

As the creative home for civic action, YBCA’s Youth Fellows use art, creative process and hands-on learning as opportunities to empower themselves–as leaders, innovators and artists within larger movements for social change–to critically analyze their conditions and imagine and implement creative solutions to issues impacting their communities.

The Youth Fellows Program brings together young people from across the Bay Area to engage in a yearlong journey of inquiry, dialogue, and project generation in collaboration with neighborhood based organizations, activists, and professional artists. Participants learn visual, performance, media, critical thinking and communication skills, in a fun and supportive environment.

The Youth Fellows Program is a natural evolution of our groundbreaking Youth Artists At Work (YAAW) initiative, as we strive to integrate youth into the fabric of our organization in more meaningful ways. Through engagement with signature institutional initiatives such as YBCA 100 and YBCA Fellows, we’re committed to providing a platform for youth to generate culture that moves people.

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Interested in becoming a Youth Fellow?

Each summer, we open the application period to welcome new Youth Fellows. Select respondents are invited for an in-person interview with our Civic Engagement staff.

Please note: The application period for participation in the 2016-17 fellowship has closed.


Engagement and Education Programs in 16-17 are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Wallace Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Sato Foundation, and U.S. Bank Foundation.

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Young Artists at Work in 16-17 is supported by the The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo Foundation.