SCOTTS VALLEY—ChangeBound, a co-working space for young entrepreneurs, has launched an online auction featuring six original, custom-painted surfboards by local artists.
Proceeds from the sale of the unique boards will support the organization and the cost of bringing pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton to town next month as an inspirational speaker.
Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack in 2003, wrote an autobiography that became the movie “Soul Surfer” in 2011.
ChangeBound has already sold more than 400 tickets to Hamilton’s Oct. 16 speaking event, which will focus on youth empowerment. The event is almost sold-out.
The nonprofit, originally started as a Meetup group known as Young Entrepreneurs of Scotts Valley, opened its doors in February. They describe themselves as “the first co-working space that allows youth to build socially conscious” businesses to help their community. Advisers are on hand to mentor individuals, ages 14-28.
About 20 of the roughly 50 total members show up weekly, according to Paige McQuillan, executive director.
“For the most part, we sit around and everybody works,” McQuillan said.
To date there is a social media business, a website developer, a graphic designer, and entrepreneurs with products in development such as a modular electric stapler, a drone and light-up gloves.
“What we thought was possible and what is possible today are two different things,” said business mentor Andrew Van Valer, managing partner of Slingshot in Scotts Valley. “Things are changing so fast that it’s hard for some older groups to catch on. These kids are so quick to get things done and they have no fear of asking questions.”
ChangeBound members are temporarily meeting at Green Hills Conference Center in Scotts Valley and NextSpace in Santa Cruz. They hope to find more permanent space centrally located in Santa Cruz County.
Meet Bethany Hamilton
When: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16, for film showing, 5:30 for talk, and 6:45 p.m. to meet Bethany Hamilton and take photos with her.
Where: Green Hills Conference Center, 1500 Green Hills Road, Scotts Valley.
Tickets: $30-$125. VIP ticketholders get access to the ’Soul Surfer’ showing at 3:30 p.m. and can take photos with her after the lecture.
Online tickets: http://changebound.org/events/.
Organization: About 50 young people have signed up for ChangeBound, a Scotts Valley-based nonprofit organization providing mentorship and resources for young, socially conscious entrepreneurs.
Auction: Nine Monterey Bay artists have painted surfboards for an online auction to raise funds to support ChangeBound.
Surfboard artists: Joe Fenton, Yeshe Jackson, Dominique De Leon, James De Leon, Maia Negre, Colby Phillips, Jimbo Phillips, Taylor Reinhold and Frank Walsh.
Auction Information: http://changebound.org/auction/.
Final day to bid: Thursday.
This article first appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.