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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!

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

JUNE 9-24: "Pop-Up" Charity for Haiti


Anyone in need of a great pair of shoes?  How about an *awesome* pair of shoes for charity? 

Youth Against Poverty is opening a “Pop-Up” store – a short-term clearance sale – starting THIS SATURDAY in Los Altos.  We’re selling hundreds of new, top-quality shoes to fund a children’s medical clinic in Les Cayes, Haiti. 

Although one of our closest neighbors, Haiti has one of the worst health care systems in the world and millions of the country’s citizens are suffering from cholera, malaria and Dengue Fever.  The children’s clinic in Les Cayes will serve a community of over a million people and will contribute significantly to the prevention and treatment of illnesses for the youth of the region.

Do you think you can help?  If so, please join me.  Our last Pop-Up raised over $25,000, and with the support of the Silicon Valley community, we’re hoping to raise even more towards our goal of $70,000.

If you can’t make it, please spread the word.  It is rare to find great deals on great shoes, and even more rare to be able to shop for charity. 

We hope to see you there!

Come to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund


When: Saturday, March 26.

Where: ShobizSf Noe Store (3810 24th Street, San Francisco, CA)

Event Hours: 11-5

For every pair of TOMS sold, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need and Shoebiz will donate two pairs to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Come and get your TOMS shoes painted by local bay area artists.


The TOMS Event Was a Success

I want to thank everyone who participated in the event by buying TOMS shoes. Now we are able to give 197 pairs of shoes to orphans and children in need. TOMS shoes will match every shoe sold to a child in need and Youth Against Poverty will give every money raised to the orphanages and organizations that we support.


YAP in Collaboration with Onitsuka Tiger and Wendy MacNaughton

We are in planning stages to have a fundraising event in San Francisco (1553 Haight Street) on August 13-14. We are displaying creative art by Wendy McNaughton with generous support of Onitsuka Tiger/Asics to raise funds and awareness for orphanages across the world. The art event will coincide with Outside Land Music Festival. I am asking everyone to join us and support our cause, purchase art, and Shoebiz and Onitsuka will match dollar for dollar with all the purchases that we make. In addition, Shoebiz and Onitsuka Tiger will match every dollar you donate to Youth Against Poverty. I have to emphasize, YAP does not collect money, we provide money to youth and orphans in need.  

I will be at the event, so if you have any questions, comments, etc, please feel free to talk to me about it.


Youth Against Poverty in collaboration with TOMS Presents

"One For Two" Event on Oct 24, 2009 @ Noe Shoe Biz, (3810 24 Street, San Francisco), from 11 to 5 P.M.

With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need AND Youth Against Poverty will encourage Shoebiz to match dollar for dollar for all sales of TOMS shoes that day to the orphanages that I am working with.

Local Bay Area artists will customize any TOMS shoe purchased that day! Artists are: Romi Acosta, Sandra Crockett, & Yuka

Come to this event on October 24, buy a shoe, get it painted, and make a difference to the ones in need!!

I will be there in person to educate and to pass out more information about YAP. Hope to see you there!

Youth Against Poverty X TOMS Shoes X Super Shoebiz

"One For Two" Event on August 22, 2009 @ Super Shoebiz, 1420 Haight ST. from 12pm to 6pm
Local Bay Area Artists will customize any TOMS shoes purchased that day!       ARTISTS: Romi Acosta, Sandra, Crockett & Yuka  DJ: HAYLOW (D2S)
With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Shoebiz will also match every pair of shoes sold in-store. 
So your purchase will provide not only one, but TWO children in need of shoes! Between 08/22/09 thru 09/22/09 Shoebiz & YAP will customize any TOMS purchased online FREE, and will give a pair to an orphanage. See details at So come support a better tomorrow! 00Tomsflyer

Upcoming TOMS event at Shoebiz

YAP is joining TOMS Shoes for a charity event scheduled for 08/22/09 at Shoebiz in San Francisco. Local artists will paint and customize any TOMS shoes purchased that day at Shoebiz in San Francisco. Shoebiz will match dollar for dollar to raise funds for YAP and TOMS shoes will donate one pair to a kid for every pair sold that day. Come to Shoebiz at 1420 Haight St, show your support, and get a pair of TOMS shoes customized to your taste. It will be fun and you will get a chance to help a great number of kids.

Adidas Group Art Show (June 11, 2009)

YAP joined Shoebiz in San Francisco and Adidas to invite five (5) local SF artists to exhibit their talent and creation at the Shoebiz adidas concept shop in June 11, 2009. The event was organized to bring awareness to the needs of underprivileged youth and orphans. The exhibit featured talents from: Marc "Owl Boogie" Aure Gavin Grant Andre Sibayan and Figments by Ciraco Over 700 people attended and a total of $4000 was raised in donation and purchase of art. YAP would like to thank the artists, adidas, shoebiz and all those who worked so hard to make this event a reality. Pictures of the event are pDSC01296DSC01298osted here. DSC01303DSC01310

Celebrating 60 Years of Soles & Stripes

Join ShoeBiz & adidas Originals to celebrate adidas' 60th year in the biz! At 1420 Haight ST July 18th 1pm to 6pm[gallery link="file"] Show us your creative skills by contributing our shoe mural and watch our guest artist the iconic 60 year mural. Enjoy beats by DJ Herb Diggs and drinks on adidas Enter to win a pair of Diamond Superstars!(Retail $600) Receive a 60 year Shirt with purchase over $50 Shoebiz will make a donation to Youth Against Poverty equal to the amount of sales during the event. Quest Artist Kris Mestiz0