Experimental, Intergenerational, and Youth-Centered

Based out of occupied Kumeyaay lands, colonially known as San Diego ~ Tijuana, Homegrown Youth Collaborative is a cross-border intergenerational community education project. We co-create alt-schooling and popular education programming at the intersections of learning, community building, organizing, and art.

We recognize young people as already being at the helm of our own futures + stories, and have built the foundations of this resource for youth to be able to play, experiment, and explore our own visions at a pace and style that is led by youth. We see this as an intergenerational, sandbox space that fosters collaboration and learning between youth of different ages as well as non-youth artists, activists, educators, and leaders in the community.

Working much like a tree, we are grounded in our commitment to revolutionary educational praxis, and extend past our core values into a multitude of branches that represent our programs, workshops, and projects– each led by and centered on marginalized youth– all while being rooted in the local culture, land, and people that make up our community. We view our local communities as a garden, and we hope our organization functions as the soil for local youth to take root in and sprout from.

We are a supportive platform for young people in San Diego ~ Tijuana to create the programs, organizations, learning spaces, and projects of their dreams.


By Us, For Us, With Us

Young people are at the helm of our decision-making processes.

Intergenerational space. We depend on non-youth with access to resources to build tools, networks, and platforms for us to use and adapt as we see fit

Teaching and Learning Revolution

Disrupting traditional teaching methods by taking control of what we learn + how we learn it

Agitating, organizing, and mobilizing youth and multigenerational folks who are not yet apart of organizations or programs

Nuturing community organizing + learning skills in practical, creative, and accepssible ways

Amplifying and prioritzing the needs of women, non-binary, Black, and Indigenous youth

Creating a safe space for us to play, explore, experiment, and fail together

Skill Sharing / Mentorship

Creating an intergenerational ecosystem of knowledge

Building on the skills of our elders in organizing, creating, and collectively surviving

Providing direct access to experienced non-youth within the community

Connecting Youth

To each other

To other platforms, organizations, opportunities, and spaces

To larger movements in the fight to abolish racial capitalism, imperialism, settler-colonialism, and all forms of oppression

Resource Sharing

Funding youth-led projects

Financially + occupationally supporting youth through paid learning opportunities

Providing access to tools through an equipment library

Collaborating across borders

Sharing a safe, physical space (in the future!)


If you are a young person (under 25), this is your space to shape, carve, and form as you envision it. This is also a space for older educators, artists, and friends looking to cultivate the creativity of and build alongside our next generation:

Become a Homegrown member

If you are interested in taking on a less hands-on role, some other ways you can be involved:

Become a Friend


Follow Our Work / Attend an Event

We do this work on traditional Kumeyaay and Luiseño land, through borders that should not be there, that we work against, and that will be undone.