Young Black & Everywhere is an Oakland based program that gives Black youth the opportunity to attend a fully-funded abroad trip. The staff of YBE are committed to outlining a safe fun trip that allows each of our participants to grow both their strengths and weaknesses. Prior to going abroad youth will participate in a preparation course that will include: assistance with obtaining passports, creative writing exercises, lessons centered on the history and culture of their abroad destination, team building, reading requirements, and community service.
Anastasia Walton is the founder of Young Black & Everywhere and CEO of Product of the Box. An Oakland native, who will be completing her Bachelor’s Degree at San Francisco State University this Fall. She has an abundant amount of experience in working with Black youth through her involvement with organizations and schools throughout the Bay Area. She has visited over nine countries, where she has made beneficial connections and gained knowledge that is essential to being Black & abroad. Through group and solo trips, Anastasia has obtained the skills of visiting and navigating a new environment in a safe and fun manner.
Felesia Porter is the advisor of Young Black & Everywhere and CEO of our partner organization the Youth Bar: Oakland’s Safe Haven. An Oakland native with an Associates Degree in Communications and Bachelor’s Degree in Media & Cultural Studies; she is known for her immense involvement with music and her various businesses. The Youth Bar is a non-profit organization she started due to the lack of options for youth who are at home without supervision for some part of the day, especially after school until a parent returns form work. A place where they can meet on their terms for their desired reasons, in an environment that is set up for them to succeed. Not only is the Youth Bar a safe haven, but it includes nutritious food and drinks at a reasonable price, supportive counselors and mentors, access to various workshops based around life skills and many more beneficial aspects.