Yaretssi joined artworxLA programs at Vista Continuation in the Winter of 2017. After completing her first foundation level workshop with Valerie Harger, Yaretssi climbed our academic ladder and participated in our Advanced level programs. While in our Advanced Programs, Yaretssi completed workshops in fashion design and leadership development. In the summer of 2018, she supported muralist Kristy Sandoval on a mural in the Historical Central Avenue District of South Central Los Angeles. In the Fall of 2018, Yaretssi was elected to artworxLA’s Board of Directors as our Student Representative. On track to graduate in June 2019, Yaretssi looks forward to going to a 4-year college after she completes high school.



John graduated from Angelus Plaza high school in 2017. Before joining artworxLA, John battled homelessness while attending school. Without a place to call home, he fell into a state of depression and fell behind on credits. After his family secured a place to live, John enrolled in programs at Angeles Plaza HS. At this school, he was introduced to artworxLA’s Foundation Level workshops in visual arts. Excited about the prospect of creating art after-school, he enrolled in our Advanced level programs completing workshops in filmmaking, leadership, visual arts, and leadership. After graduating, John stayed connected to our programs by supporting artworxLA students in our Leadership and Development program. In summer 2018, artworxLA connected John to a summer internship with Film Independent. An alliance between the City of Los Angeles and the Evolve Entertainment Fund, this summer-long internship connected John to creative professionals in screenwriting and filmmaking. In the Fall of 2018, he elected to be artworxLA’s Alumni Representative on its Board of Directors. Passionate about writing, he looks forward to creating scripts for film and television that connects communities and supports diversity. John is attending courses at LACC.