Imagine Bus Project

  • CA


1012 Torney Ave
San Francisco
United States

About Us

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.

  • 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 HISTORY:  The Imagine Bus Project's visionary and passionate founder, Susan Little, began in 1998 with a mission to bring art to inner city kids in San Francisco to help break the isolation they faced. Upon learning that there were hundreds of kids in San Francisco that had never seen the Golden Gate Bridge, Ms. Little wondered what would happen if she could find a way to physically "bring experiences directly to youth." With this in mind, she bought an old airporter bus, refurbished it, filled it with art supplies, and drove it to neighborhoods where kids could be "transported" using art as their "vehicle."

Today, TIBP has focused its programming efforts, to serve incarcerated and post-incarcerated youth throughout the Bay Area, inside juvenile justice centers and youth probation camps in San Francisco County, San Mateo County, and Sonoma County.