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Youth Arts Collective (YAC)


Youth Art Collective's mission is to inspire creativity, kindness and confidence in our local youth through artistic expression and mutual respect.

The Big Idea

Youth Arts Collective (YAC) provides education and mentorship through their after-school program, art education and mentorship. Professional artist mentors provide youth with encouragement to be who they are and express how they feel, and “YACsters” discover their artistic voices, gain social confidence and learn communication skills. YAC builds bridges to both the elder community through its ongoing Elders Portrait Project and for younger kids through the Saturday morning art classes at YAC and bi-monthly art classes at the Village Project’s after-school program. Each year YACsters exhibit their work in eight to 10 community organizations, including senior centers, and always have art displayed for the public in the YAC gallery and studios.

To this day, joining YAC is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. [Without them] I would have more fear and less vision; I would be a different person without the same confidence to dream. YAC has shown me how art brings people together for the greater good.

- Logan Parsons, YAC graduate and artist

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.