IMAGINATION CREATES TRANSFORMATION | Arts for teens in the juvenile justice system

About

 

OUR MISSION

Through arts education and community partnerships, The Imagine Bus Project engages and inspires incarcerated youth, and youth impacted by the juvenile justice system. We enable self-expression and positive personal development so that young people can successfully re-enter their communities and find a path to a fulfilling future.

THE IMAGINE BUS PROJECT ENVISIONS:

Juvenile Justice system-entangled youth who are able to express themselves creatively and healthfully, take risks safely, and plan for a fulfilling, positive future.

Involvement in the Juvenile Justice system as an opportunity for personal reflection, transformation and growth for adjudicated young people.

Our program model demonstrating achievement of healthy self-expression, improved personal development, a positive future orientation; and, can be replicated or adapted to reach more system-involved youth.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

The Imagine Bus Project delivers cross-cultural learning experiences that focus on relationship building and art as tools for problem solving. We focus on exposing youth to creative opportunities and artists with the belief that art has the power to save lives and put adjudicated youth on a path towards a future in which they are healthy and empowered to lead creative and productive lives.

TIBP’s Theory of Change models that youth need a creative vehicle to build confidence through creativity, develop meaningful skills through their craft, and connect with their communities in order to break the cycle of incarceration

OUR STUDENTS

In FY 2016-2017, TIBP served 350 incarcerated and reentry youth in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties. Of those youth, 46% were Latino, 25% African American, 24% Multi-Racial, 9% Caucasian, 2% Pacific Islander, 3% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 2% Asian. Over 80% of our participants live below the poverty level with incomes of less than $24,000 for a family of four.

STAFF

Maria Cristini
Executive Director

Dawood Marion
Program Manager, Youth Studio

Katy Schwager
Administrative Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Craig Roberts • President / Treasurer
    Principal, Hart Howerton

  • Archana Myer • Vice President

    Director, School of Interior Architecture & Design

  • Dan Phillips • Secretary 
    Assistive Technology Specialist,
    Technology Resource Center of Marin

  • Maria Cristini
    Executive Coach and Senior Advisor

  • Nina Grove
    Director, International Regulatory Affairs, Abbvie

  • Nairobi Kim 
    Founder & CEO, Blossom Beyond

  • Kate Schermerhorn
    Producer and Director, Luna Park Productions

  • Lindsay Simonds
    Principal Consultant, Lindsay Simonds Consulting

  • Leslie Taylor
    Co-Director, Firmwide Marketing & Communications at Gensler

  • Nico van Aelstyn
    Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Celia Tejada • Advisory Council Chair
    Chief Creative Officer, RH Studio, Restoration Hardware

  • Jeff Adachi
    San Francisco Public Defender

  • Joe Alioto
    Joseph L. Alioto Consulting

  • Dr. Larry Brewster
    Professor, University of San Francisco

  • April Bucksbaum
    Executive Director at The Baum Foundation

  • Suzette Clarke

    Vice Chair, Center of Investigative Reporting (CIR) and Board President, Slide Ranch

  • George Gascón
    San Francisco District Attorney

  • Matthias R. Lemke, MD
    Professor of Psychiatry, University of Kiel

  • Roger M Low
    CEO, RMLow Enterprises

  • Aila Malik
    Founder of Venture Leadership Consulting

  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom
    Chief Executive Officer | Founder at The Representation Project

HOW IMAGINE BUS PROJECT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE