Shoebiz and Converse collaborate to help homeless families in SF

Both Converse and ShoebizSF have collaborated to create a special series of Converse sneakers that celebrate iconic moments in San Francisco's history, such as the Earthquake of 1906, the Gold Rush, and the Golden Gate Bridge (shown respectively from left to right).

100% of all proceeds will be donated to Youth Against Poverty which we will donate to Compass. The money will support homeless and impoverished working families in San Francisco at a time when the shelter waiting list is at an all-time high.


Date of Release: 8/30

Location: Shoebiz/Dinostore 1553 Haight St, SF ca 94117

Phone Number: 415-861-3933

Price of Shoe: $60


YAP facilitates event

Youth Against Poverty is gearing up for a whole month of helping pets get adopted! Our organization will be taking part in's Pics for Pets Campaign. This project will be utilizing social media in an effort to help share animals in our local shelters. This added exposure will help to spread the word about these animals looking for a new home. These photos of animals are often accompanied by a short description of the pet's personality and the shelter where they are currently being housed. For every 400 shares, will donate much-needed supplies to the participating shelters. We are looking forward to participating and encourage all of our supporters to check out this great campaign:


Be sure to keep up with YAP's efforts via social media:


Twitter: @YouthAgainstPov


Thank you for your continued support!

New Corporate Partner: Atayne

Youth Against Poverty is excited to announce our newest Corporate Partnership with Atayne! Atayne is a sports and outdoor apparel business that is rooted in making a positive impact in the community. All of their products are made in the United States out of 100% recycled material. Atayne also focuses on worker safety by not utilizing harmful chemicals in their manufacturing process. This Certified B Corporation sells active gear for men and women as well as custom products for specific events. We are looking forward to featuring social good company Atayne clothing in our pop-up charity store this August. Youth Against Poverty encourages all of our supporters to visit their website,

Shoe Biz SF signs on for August event!

Youth Against Poverty's corporate partner Shoe Biz SF is supporting our pop-up store this August. We are very excited to hear from this local business that "Shoebiz will be 100% behind this event". This dedicated company has donated products to some of our previous events, such as the pop-up shoe store we held last summer in Los Altos. Even with their busy schedules and opening of a new store in Blackhawk Plaza, Danville, Shoe Biz has still remained involved and supportive of Youth Against Poverty's projects. We greatly appreciate the generosity of Shoe Biz SF and their tireless dedication to alleviating poverty. We encourage you to learn more about the business here:

YAP Board Meeting Today

Youth Against Poverty's Executive Board met today to discuss the upcoming pop-up store this August. Our agenda included developing a new logo, seeking more corporate partnerships and improving the upcoming store. Our goal with every new project is to build off of benefits in the past. For example, we thought that having more incentives and appeal to windowshoppers would be a great way to improve sales. We also discussed possible attention-grabbers to help attract more customers. Everyone is energized from this last board meeting and hope that all of our supporters are also excited for the latest pop-up store this August!

Pop-Up Store

The hard-working board at Youth Against Poverty has decided to reschedule the pop-up charity store to this coming AUGUST. We believe that this will be a greater opportunity since we can have an event during the "Back to School" shopping period. We will have the same beneficiaries and the drive to collect art supplies for the Feeds collaborative project. We are excited for another event to support Haitian orphans and San Franciscan families, trying to tackle both local and global poverty issues! We will announce dates and location ASAP. Thank you all for your continued support!

YAP is seeking NEW Corporate Partners

We continue to appreciate and work with amazing corporate partners like Converse, Reebok, Adidas and Puma, but we recognize the need to expand our company outreach. It is important to have diverse products and ensure that we do not exacerbate the generosity of our amazing partners! If you are a company seeking a charitable way to utilize overstocked, out of season or sample products, or could reccommend a company that is, please contact Amanda Chavez at

NEW Joint Fundraiser

Youth Against Poverty is excited to announce that we will be holding another one of our signature "pop-up" charity stores! Once again, all of our products will be donated from our generous corporate partners and a volunteer staff will operate the store.


One unique twist on this event is that it will be a joint fundraiser. Our proceeds will go to benefit both our local and global community. Our local partner is Compass Family Services, an organization based in San Francisco that helps provide services such as counseling, childcare and matching permanent housing to economically disadvantaged families ( Our other partner is Global Family Philanthropy, an Arizona-based nonprofit working to improve the living situation and health of orphans in Haiti ( We will be supporting their efforts to build and run a successful clinic in North East Haiti.


We will also be holding an art supplies collection drive through's Healing Oklahoma initiative. This drive will be providing unused supplies for on-the-ground organizations in Moore, Oklahoma. The children affected by the tornado will receive free access to theraputic and educational artistic programs to help recover from the trauma that they have faced (


We are excited for this new project, and encourage you to return to this website as well as visit our Facebook ( and Twitter (@Youth AgainstPov) often. We will announce the dates and location of the next "pop-up" charity store ASAP.


Social Media Development

All of us here at Youth Against Poverty are excited for some new projects and goals! One way to help expand our outreach is through developing social media. We encourage our supporters to check out our new Twitter ( and see the developments on our Facebook Page ( We really appreciate your continued support for our organization!  Our work would not be nearly as effective without your constant actions and encouragement!

1st Meeting in YAP's New Office

Youth Against Poverty will have its first meeting this Friday in its new office that is located in Menlo Park, CA. There the YAP team, consisting of 7 youth members, will discuss our plans for this summer such as:


  • Future fundraisers we will be holding (possibly another pop-up store)
  • How we will effectively raise awareness to more youth in our community
  • Preparing to write and draft grants
  • Re-designing the YAP website to make a more professional, youth-oriented template
  • How we will "trigger the youth's passions" by planning immersions to homeless shelters in San Francisco (Compass Family Services Children's Center) and San Jose



YAP will be awarded the Community Impact Award

Youth Against Poverty will be awarded the Community Impact Award by Compass Family Services on 4/23 at the Fairmont Hotel for raising over $25,000 towards helping children who come from homeless, working families in San Francisco, as well as donating 123 pairs of shoes to many of these children. YAP wants to thank Converse for its collaboration on various fundraisers that have helped us raise this much money, ShoebizSF for helping sponsor the fundraisers, Passerrelle and all YAP members for their support and help.

For more information about the event, click here

Youth Against Poverty donates to GFP

YAP will donate $17,000 to Global Family Philanthropy in support of building a medical clinic in Haiti.

This money we raised is from the previous pop-up fundraiser we had in June in Los Altos, Ca.

GFP has found a potential place to build a clinic in Northern Haiti, which is close to the Dominican Republic border. This clinic will serve as a stepping stone in alleviating the rapid spread of cholera, malaria, and Dengue fever that is prevalent in Haiti today.

Below is a check for $17,000 to GFP.

End of the World Launch Helps More Homeless Working Families in SF

On December 21, YAP collaborated with Shoebiz in launching the limited edition End of the World Shoes, designed by Alan Gonzalez and Kris Mestizo.

The shoes were sold at a retail price of $60 with all proceeds (100%) directed to YAP

We raised a total of $8,000 in this launch, in which we will donate the money to Compass Family Services

Compass will use this money to give full-day childcare for 70 children ages 0-5 as well as a specialized early childhood curriculum and up-to-date immunizations for all children.

We want to give our special thanks to Twitter for helping spread our event and cause by structuring our social media outreach.

Below is a cashier's check to Compass Family Services.


Changing Families Lives FOREVER!

Did you know that there are over 5,000 families with Children in San Francisco?

Did you know that there are only 3,000 registered, working, homeless families with children in San Francisco?

Did you know that $10,000 could provide full daycare for 70 at risk and impoverish children, ages 0-5, with daycare, hearing, dental, vision and proper education at Compass Children's Center?

Did you know that $2,500 could provide one month worth of hot nutritious and organic lunches for 42 preschoolers at Compass Children's Center located in the heart of the Tenderloin. 

We have two Goals to reach by Christmas.
1.The first goal is provide 3,000 homeless, working families with children with shoes.

2.The second goal is to raise another $10,000 for Compass Children's Center by the end of the year. 

This is our invitation for you to exercise your passion and love for humanity. Are you willing to help?

If yes, it's easy...

Do the following.

Tweet this message:
@converse & @shoebiz partnered to bring you these (image). Ask for these from @santa to help provide a child in need.

Post this to Facebook:

ShoeBiz x Youth Against Poverty (YAP)

ShoeBiz will support YAP and donate 10% of ALL SALES on 'Giving Tuesday' 11/27/2012 to provide housing for working homeless families with children in San Francisco. To remind everyone there are 5,000 homeless families in San Francisco. 

Converse x ShoeBiz - Halloween Pack

Shoe Biz and Converse join forces on the Chuck Taylor “Halloween” Pack. Artists Alán González and Kris Mestizo pull from their own childhood, referencing X-Ray glasses and mummy costumes on two All-Star installments. Both shoes are set to release on October 26th at Shoe Biz locations across San Francisco as well as online. 100% of the profits will go to Youth Against Poverty and Compass Family Services.

Shoebiz x Converse Chuck Taylor “Halloween” Pack
October 26, 2012

Youth Against Poverty (YAP) presents Compass Family Services with a Check

YAP reached out to two talented SF based artists to raise awareness and support for the issue of poverty and homeless families in the City. YAP picked Compass Family Center as a partner with strong community based services. Converse responded to their plan, Alán González and Kris Mestizo collaborated with Converse and YAP to launch an excluisve customized collection of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star called the “San Francisco” City Collection
of all proceeds went directly to support and help stabilize many deserving families in the City of San Francisco. On Fri Sept  28th, YAP presented Mrs Erica Kisch (Executive Director of Compass Family Center) with a check for a sum of $12,650.77. Congrats to all…we want to thank everyone who supported us during this amazing project.. Check out some of the highlights of YAP's support for the Children of San Francisco. 

Youth Against Poverty X Converse


  • Since beginning of 2012 through two major fundraisings, YAP has raised enough money to start building a medical clinic in Haiti
  • Recently, YAP has shifted their aim in helping the local community as well, such as supporting Compass Family Services (a non-profit that provides care for children of homeless families in San Francisco)
  • The problem is, there are 5,000 registered families that are waitlisted for housing since Compass does not have adequate shelter to provide for them


  • So what exactly is this Converse launch?


  1. Thanks to 2 brilliant and creative San Francisco based artists, Kris Mestizo and Alan Gonzalez have designed 3 different Converse shoes exclusively to San Francisco (to the left are 2 of the designs we will launch)
  2. The release is only limited to 100 pairs per design in the world
  3. All 100% of the proceeds we sell will go towards Compass Family Services, where we can provide care and shelter for the waitlisted families
  • Most importantly, this will bring hope to the thousands of children who dream of escaping their confinements of homelessness  and lack of opportunity


  • What are you waiting for? Buy the shoes, brag about it to your friends, and help us alleviate the poverty in our community

Idea= Youth Against Poverty
Partner= Converse
Design= Alan Gonzalez-Suman & Kris MestizO
For= Children of Homeless families
Address: 1553 Haight Street, San Francisco

Date and Time: 9/1 at 11AM-7PM

Youth Against Poverty X Jeremy Scott X adidas


All proceeds will go towards Compass Family Services, a homeless shelter in San Francisco. These proceeds will help compensate for the state budget cuts, which would provide shelter for more children whose parents are economically poor but all have jobs. Help us combat homeless in San Francisco!


Money Raised in Fundraiser

In the two weeks of our pop-up charity store in Los Altos, Ca, we have raised a total $25,220.37, all 100% proceeds directed to building our medical clinic in Les Cayes, Haiti.

YAP wants to thank all those who volunteered, spread the word, and bought shoes from our event.