“A gathering place driven by and for young people’s voices and visions to connect, create and celebrate.”
The Open Space Recreational Base
Launched in the fall of 2019, ORBIT (Open Space Recreational Base for Island Teenagers) is an Open Space initiative to provide meaningful opportunities for high school-aged students on the Island. The majority of ORBIT activities take place in our 1,500 square foot gathering space. Our most common events include after school drop-ins, dance parties, and hosting other local youth organizations. Ultimately, our goal is to place teen voices at the center of all that we offer and expand our programming based on their vision.
Young people have expressed a need for more to do on the island for the underage population. This is a night for high school age only youth to socialize, dance and express themselves. Dances are held on the second Saturday of each month at Open Space. They have snacks, it’s free, and we generally offer transportation and feature student musicians. Check our event page for more info about the next one!
To further the reach of our own programming we partner with local youth organizations. We host Island organizations Journeymen and SisterHood. Additionally, we host Seattle’s renowned LGBTQ center Lambert House on for drop-ins on Wednesdays. Outside of these partnerships, we strive to provide opportunities for advocacy and fundraisers for school clubs and teen causes.
Veronica Aristeo has passionately been working with under-served communities and LGBTQ youth for ten years focusing on supporting them in arts, activism and health. From 2011-2015 she co-founded and lead an outdoor education school and LGBTQII music camp in Olympia, WA. She carried on her dedication to youth work by directing Girls Rock New Orleans, developing after school programming in Oakland and managing health interventions for a non-profit serving homeless youth in San Francisco. Her love for nature and desire to be closer to her hometown of Seattle has brought her to Vashon Island where she has continued her commitment to youth empowerment by creating Teen programming at Open Space for Community and Arts. Her excitement, experience and values are bringing to life a vision of the future.
If you would like to get involved or have any feedback please contact Veronica Aristeo, Youth Program Coordinator at Veronica@OpenSpaceVashon.com or send a DM to our Instagram at orbit_openspace.