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Meet the Fellows: Tiphereth

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Tiphereth Banks (Het-Heru), 22- from the Bay Area, attends school at Berkeley City College for a major in psychology and a minor in art, going to sessions at Downtown Tay, is a positive member of the community, and an extremely talented and artistic woman.

Conscious Nativ envisions a generation of empowered youth who have self-confidence, financial stability, and self-expression. We enable this by providing training in arts and crafts, sales, marketing, advertising, and therapeutic activities (like gardening, social groups, open mics, etc.).

Inspiration: In High School, I was doing art at a youth training program called Youth Spirit Artworks. There, I was a junior artist working closely with teenage youth, teaching them different techniques of art. I've always loved doing art, but at the training program, I realized that I love teaching and helping people as well.

Our passion behind Conscious Nativ is the observation that art is not respected as an asset to the community, and this mindset results in schools and institutions removing art programs. This also takes away the opportunity for young people to express themselves, which is very detrimental to their personal development and well being. Art can be used as an alternative to deal with their emotions in a positive way.

We will have a studio where workshops and training (for job readiness/skills on arts & crafts) will be held on a weekly basis for youth between the ages 15-24 located in the Bay Area. Conscious Nativ is a representation of an ideal humanity. The people of this land are the natives and I want to make sure they reflect consciousness for their environment and not misguided by bad influences. According to the articles published, including one in the Western Journal of Medicine, art therapy has been shown to positively impact the lives of youth at risk including their health, well-being, and their ability to express themselves emotionally.

The best way for Conscious Nativ to be able to flourish is if:

We connect with potential team mates who share and support the same vision, to take on daily tasks for the enterprise, help facilitate workshops and classes, etc. We would need links and opportunities equipment purchase/ donation opportunities, organizations that would connect us directly with youth and artists, and donors to assist me by giving the youth a bi-weekly stipend.

Help Conscious Nativ become a brand!

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Meet the fellows: Jasmine

Jasmine Jasmine

I’m Jasmine Stallworth aka ‘Honey Gold’. I am a mother, Mills College student, singer-songwriter, and founder of the Increase the Peace social enterprise: an event series and annual festival that creates a space for millennial aged creative artists and entrepreneurs to promote holistic healing through music therapy and music appreciation

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Meet the fellows: Kamani

Kamani Kamani

My name is Kamani Holmes, a young, black father, aspiring to be the CEO of Who’s Puttin On magazine. My team members are Demario “Black Rio” Lewis(COO), Mansi Kakkar(mentor, marketing spec.), and Keith Mcgowen(mentor, network spec.).

I have spent the majority of my life living between Oakland, CA and Richmond, CA, and I currently reside in East Contra Costa County. Currently, I am iparticipating in theYouth Hub Fellowship, and I also participate in two Black men’s groups called Determination Media Group and the Social Justice Committee.

My enterprise will create and promote job and learning opportunities, as well as teach and entertain the reader through the medium of publication. Vision Statement: A world where convicted felons can prosper instead of perish.

What inspired my enterprise is my personal relation to individuals currently facing these adversities. I am passionate about my enterprise because someone once took time to convey to me the keys to reform in a fashion that I can comprehend.

I would like to change the prison population and reform the judicial system by informing and reforming currently and previously convicted felons and families thereof.

All assistance is greatly appreciated. Anyone interested can offer assistance by: providing any resources pertaining to prison reform and participating in any research or activity involving thereof.

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Meet the fellows: Elizabeth and Phanie

Elizabeth and Phanie Elizabeth and Phanie

Kelly Elizabeth Ortega (Elizabeth), 24

Stephanie Maldonado (Phanie), 25

We are from the womb of Mother Earth, were raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to the Bay Area in pursuit of a higher education at San Francisco State University. Elizabeth graduated in May 2015 with a BS in Dietetics and Phanie will be graduating in May 2016 with a BA in Liberal Studies. Elizabeth is now becoming a Yoga Teacher through Niroga Institute and Phanie is continuing her studies in Western Herbalism and Permaculture. Along the way we have built strong community ties with many local organizations in the Bay Area that are focused on reclaiming land for the purpose of affordable housing and urban agriculture. Specifically, we work mainly with PODER (People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights) in San Francisco and Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project in Oakland. You can see the work our communities is working on here: http://movementgeneration.org/ and http://www.podersf.org/

WOKE Collective Enterprises’ is a Reclamation Project on a mission to create safe spaces that restore labor and power to underserved communities by providing access to art, food and philosophies of spirituality as healing modalities. We want to catalyze the liberation of oppressed peoples by creating systematic destruction and reconstruction of health on a local basis. How can we support artisans, artist, healers and wisdom holders in our local community? How can we facilitate health in our communities that lack resources? How can we find harmony with the natural and developed environment? And finally, how can we free ourselves from financial instability? Through our vision we see sovereign and resilient communities operating cooperatively in a holistically restored system that balances the needs and health of the people and planet.

We are inspired by our ancestors, family and community who taught us that life and all the elements are sacred. Especially, our family and community at PODER and Movement Generation who continue to teach us about the need to take care of ourselves, our communities and the land. In America, there is a systematic oppression that targets communities of color and lower socioeconomic standing in order to disenfranchise our ability to care for ourselves, our communities and the land. This has created unhealthy living environments that keep us divided and unable to break these cycles of oppression. Because we come from these communities it is imperative for us as young women of color and indigenous heritage to end these cycles and restore the lost connections to the sacredness of our life and the land.

There are a series of phases to achieve the change we want to create in our communities.

The first phase will be to restore the labor and power of local Oakland craft makers, artist, healers and wisdom holders that use art, food and philosophies of spirituality as healing modalities. The second phase will be to restore the health and resiliency of individuals of underserved communities in the Bay Area. We plan to exhibit our four guiding principles of self-care, people-care, earth-care and fair-share in all phases. Future development of our social enterprise involves an expansion of this concept into a physical community space that can further support local economies to restore labor and power in oppressed communities.

The greatest form of support for us is having your presence! We would also like to openly invite local Oakland crafts makers, artist, healers and wisdom holders to participate in our first phase of the enterprise. Crafts and skills-shares are open to artisans who create cultural and healthy meals, makers who create their own body, home or medicinal products, healers who practice holistic and ancestral healing modalities, people who create visual arts such as sculptures, paintings, or music, and people who teach movement practices like dance, meditation, yoga or Tai-chi. Our events will be coming soon and we would love to network with others who are interested in supporting local economies through the four core principles of self-care, people-care, earth-care and fair share.

Peace, love, and liberation for all-

Elizabeth and Phanie.

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Youth Hub Fellowship Retreat 2016!

2016 Youth Hub Fellowship Retreat 2016 Youth Hub Fellowship Retreat

On Saturday January 9, we welcomed 10 teams of Youth Hub Fellows and 12 adult allies to our opening retreat at Youth Impact Hub Oakland.

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2015 Youth Hub Fellowship Graduation

2015 Youth Hub Fellows Graduate 2015 Youth Hub Fellows Graduate

On December 1, the 2015 Youth Hub Fellows completed the yearlong program and celebrated with a soul train graduation!

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Film & Fellowship Showcase Event

Film and Fellowship Showcase Film and Fellowship Showcase

Please join us Friday December 4th from 6-8pm at The New Parkway Theater (474 24th St, Oakland, CA 94612) for the The Youth Impact Hub Oakland - Film & Fellowship Showcase.

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People's Pitch 2015!

People's Pitch 2015 People's Pitch 2015

9 teams of youth social entrepreneurs from the Youth Hub Fellowship Program (a year-long social entrepreneurship training and co-working program of Youth SEED in partnership withUnited Roots) presented their proposals for social enterprises to create equity in low-income communities.

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