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Tides Center -Youth Art Exchange 1031

Youth Art Exchange is 20! 


For 20 years, YAX has brought the arts to youth who otherwise may not have access. Since the very first art class offered at Galileo High School in 2000, we have worked to bring free arts education into the lives of San Francisco public high school students and their communities.


Youth need the arts—now more than ever. The arts are critical for young people engaging in the world around them, especially during these challenging times. As a vehicle for self discovery and self expression, youth can articulate their needs and perspectives. They can share their protests and radical ideas for changing the systems in which they participate and live. Their viewpoints are vital as San Franciscans living in and contributing to the culture of our city, yet they are often not allowed in decision-making that affects them. Their activism will impact all of our lives; their agency and voice are essential.  


Our commitment to self-expression, self-discovery, skill building, youth leadership, and empowered young artists remains stronger than ever. We are committed to our youth that are young printmakers, young architects, young filmmakers, young performers, and more learning and experimenting through the arts. We are committed to these youth changing the world. 

It is fundamental to our mission that we keep our programs free. Your donation is even more important to YAX during these ever-changing times. For 20 years, your generous support has provided incredible opportunities and positively impacted the lives of the youth we serve. Please donate today to help YAX continue this important work for many more years to come!

   Recent Activity
Jadine donated on 12/2/2020
Phyra McCandless donated on 12/1/2020
Great organization and happy birthday to Joann!
Lemlem Chupein donated on 12/1/2020
Thank you for the great work.
Sean Yokomizo donated on 12/1/2020
In honor of Joann Lee' 40th
Mel & Leta Ramos Family Foundation donated on 12/1/2020
by Anonymous donated on 12/1/2020
Thank you for everything you do to support students and the arts!
by Anonymous donated on 11/23/2020
Mike and Annah in Honor of Darcy Bender! donated on 11/22/2020
Andrew Trooien donated on 11/21/2020
Donated on behalf of Darcy Bender
Benjamin V Kaplan donated on 11/21/2020
In honor of the venerable Ms. Darcy Bender's day of birth!
Kellie Shay (Hin-zee) donated on 11/20/2020
Eliz & Scott donated on 11/20/2020
DARCY WE LOVE YOU & YAX!
Liz Rickles donated on 11/20/2020
Happy happy birthday Darcy!! You are amazing!!
Hootie donated on 11/20/2020
In honor of Darcy Bender’s 35th birthday 🥳
Emily Aldworth donated on 11/20/2020
Happy Birthday Darcy!!!!
by Anonymous donated on 11/20/2020
happy birthday darcy bender!
Cameron Hanson donated on 11/19/2020
Dave donated on 11/19/2020
It's Darcy Bender's Birthday!
Jenna and Dave Grubman donated on 11/19/2020
Happy to be supporting this organization and the great work you do! Happy birthday Darcy, thank you for introducing Youth Art Exchange to us
Lizzy donated on 11/19/2020
Layna George donated on 11/19/2020
Happy birthday Darcy!!!!
Lindsey Kurz donated on 11/19/2020
In honor of the birth of a true gem: Darcy B. Bender.