YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Giving youth hope for their future, skills to achieve their dreams, and passion to create change in communities.

SUMMER YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (YDA)

Providing under-resourced students with 21st-century skills, leadership training, and positive role models.

SCHOOL-BASED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (YDA)

Helping high school students fulfill graduation requirements and pursue positive futures.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Mentoring youth to become leaders of positive change in their communities.

DID YOU KNOW? We're transforming a jail into a youth development center.

80% OF VIOLENT CRIMES

are committed by youth 14-24

ONLY 47%

of LAUSD graduates meet minimum requirements for state university admission

28,000 KIDS

are in foster care in LA County

SHAREFEST'S YOUTH PROGRAMS HELP CREATE...

SAFE
PLACES

Summer programs, school classes and ongoing mentorship give students safety and support to work toward a better future.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Proper support helps students stay off the streets, become engaged in school and fulfill graduation requirements.

LEADERS OF TOMORROW

Leadership development focuses beyond high school graduation and prepares students to be leaders in their communities.

3,100+ AT-RISK YOUTH

SERVED IN AT SUMMER YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

INNOVATIVE CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

IN 4 LAUSD SCHOOLS

1 JAIL BEING TRANSFORMED

INTO A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER

SHAREFEST INCREASED SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Sharefest has singlehandedly increased school attendance. A large number of students only come when Sharefest is here. The difference they are making in the lives of these students is inspiring and encouraging. Thank you Sharefest!

- LOCAL PRINCIPAL

BUILD THE CENTER

Renovations are underway on a former jail to become our Youth Development Center. The center will provide ongoing mentoring, leadership training, and educational services. Right now we need funding to transform the jail into a safe and comfortable place for youth.

SUPPORT THE MISSION

Building the Youth Development Center is the start of our next phase. Sharefest youth development programs are growing and we need your long-term support to continue the mission of creating change by empowering youth.

SEE CHANGE

Giving youth a vision for their future is the first step in breaking the cycle of poverty. Through the support of community leaders and mentors, we see individuals change and eventually whole communities transform.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

LONG-REACHING IMPACT

CHANGED FUTURES

WHY DO SHAREFEST'S PROGRAMS WORK?

You know many of the youth in LA face chronic poverty, gang violence and dismal school performance. You want to do something to help make a change in their lives, but you don't know where to start. Maybe you would like to mentor an underserved population. Perhaps you are looking to donate to an organization focused on local youth. Or maybe you're sick of hearing about low graduation rates and want to make a change.

At Sharefest we've had to address the problems the youth in LA face in a real way. Through our annual Workday, we have cultivated relationships with civic and schools leaders who are asking for our help to improve the futures of the youth they care for. Through these relationships, we created the Youth Development Academy as a way to help students break the cycle of poverty and learn what it means to hope.

The Youth Development Academy has partnered with schools and centers to give students free access to life skills classes, educational support and mentoring. These programs not only work to increase the graduation rate but also keep kids safe and off the street. As our work in these communities has grown, we continue to see needs and look for creative ways to create solutions. We have acquired an abandoned jail and are in need of support from people like you to help fund the renovation so we can be a safe place for the youth in our community.


How much longer can you ignore the problems you see everyday?
How many more youth will go without the love and guidance they deserve?
How many more students will be victims of gang violence?


At Sharefest we have a proven system of leadership development and mentorship to boost graduation rates and empower youth. Our Youth Development Academy gives students a safe place where they can begin to build a better future.

Isn’t it time to step in make a difference?