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Youth Arts Collective (YAC)


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

The Big Idea

Making art can be about more than art; it can also be about creating a community. Youth Arts Collective (YAC) offers year-round classes to students ages 14-22, including after-school programming and mentorship. They believe in instilling confidence and kindness through the arts to create better individuals. With 21 years of experience under their belt, YAC’s Big Idea is to continue their mentorship program to inspire young artists in a kind and safe environment. Working together, professional artists and students create art and then exhibit (and sell) their work.

YAC is invaluable. The way this setting supports the creative passions and interests of students is stimulating and restorative. The community in YAC's walls is a safe space to express ourselves and feel accepted for who we are. As a teenager, this meant the world to me. I am so grateful for my experience as a YACster. The Monterey Bay Peninsula is beyond lucky to have such a gem for young artists to find a home away from home.

- Natalie Friedrich

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 $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.