“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” —John Steinbeck

AVE (Access Via Exposure) is dedicated to youth and community by bringing context to life and learning through meaningful experiences. Through the Arts and other forms of alternative education, Jarrel Phillips, AVE founder and executive director, focuses on helping youth, especially urban youth, cultivate their passions and pursuits. Phillips hopes to provide creative avenues for the young to explore and discover those meaningful experiences that will positively impact their lives.

AVE also works in collaboration with Eyes Opened Media. And created the ZSTC Project, click here.

Jarrel “Chumbinho” Phillips, Ave Founder
Passionate for youth, art, people, and culture, Jarrel Phillips graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development: Concentration on Youth Work and Out School time. Phillips has been working with youth since he was just a child himself at the age of 14. Having been born and raised in San Francisco, throughout his years of experience Phillips’ has worked in almost every neighborhood in San Francisco serving a vast community of youth from a wide-range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. In doing so, he’s been a counselor, teacher, coach, mentor and everything you can think of in-between.

Phillips teaches capoeira, basic tumbling, gymnastics, and works with children with special needs.

Phillips started learning capoeira in the early ’90s. Since 2008, he’s trained under Mestre Urubu Malandro of capoeira Ijexa and remains dedicated to the art form. He also trains acrobatics with acrobatic trainer, Dominick Wyss. Phillips has traveled to Africa every year for the last few years as a part of the AVE project. Phillips taught capoeira to youth in Ethiopia, B-boys in Uganda, and to the ZSTC crew in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Some of the other places where Phillips has taught (or is currently teaching), collaborated with for special projects/workshops, or been contracted by in the Bay Area include:

The International Studies Academy
The Bayview Opera House
Rice and Beans Cooperative
Prescott Circus Theatre
Growth and Learning Opportunities (GLO)
Suns of Cayuga
Project Commotion
The Hamlin School
The Gritty City Repertory
City College of San Francisco
San Francisco Public Library

Jarrel Micael Phillips + Curriculum Vitae
Founder and Executive Director of AVE
View Resume PDF

I am a…

Teacher. Youth Worker. Filmmaker. Photojournalist. Circus acrobat. Capoeira instructor. Community advocate. Special projects and events organizer.

Education, Credentials + Experience

Qualifications & Highlights

Expertise in Capoeira, sports, event planning, multimedia (film & graphic design), event planning, communications, performance, acrobatics coaching, basketball coaching, fundraising and project managing.

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, & Power Point; Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, and FinalCut Pro.


AVE (Access Via Exposure). San Francisco, CA
Founder, 2011 – Present

Founder and manager of AVE’s Zanzibar Stones Town Capoeira Project and the AVE Project 2012: Uganda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. Organizing youth workshops and trainings, delegating tasks, collaborating with other organizations, raising community awareness, event planning, project managing, creating promotioanal material ( fliers, video promos, press releases, etc.)

Prescott Circus Theatre. Oakland, CA
Lead Acrobatic Instructor, 2012 – 2014

Coaching 3rd – 5th graders for Prescott’s performing arts afterschool program;
promoting skill building and social development through circus arts lots of performances.

Rice and Beans Cooperative. Oakland, CA
Private Contractor, 2012 – 2014

Capoeira instructor working with preschool children. Responsible for classroom management and curriculum planning and development while building individual relationships with the children.

AcroSports. San Francisco, CA
Gymnastics and Capoeira Coach, 2009 – 2014

Works with children ages 15 months to 5 years old, providing a basic introduction to gymnastics while focusing on sensory motor and gross motor development. Creator and coordinator of AcroSports’ preschool capoeira program. Also, outreach, special needs and specialty camp coach.

Addis Light, San Francisco, CA
Private Contractor, 2011 – Present

Capoeira Instructor at International Studies Academy. Working with middle and high school students; responsible for semester grading, classroom management, and curriculum planning and development while building individual relationships with youth.

Bayview Opera House. San Francisco, CA
Private Contractor, 2010 – Present

Capoeira instructor working with preschool and school-age youth in Bayview Hunters Point, Dare 2 Dream program. Responsible for classroom management and curriculum planning and development while building individual relationships with children.

Bayview Hunters Point YMCA. San Francisco, CA
San Francisco After School School-Age Coordinator, 2008 – 2010

Provided homework assistance and counseling to youth ages 5 – 11 years old in Bayview district of San Francisco. Created program curriculum, community outreached, and organized field trips, projects, and activities.

Growth and Learning Opportunities. San Francisco, CA
After School Teacher and Coach, 2006 – 2008

Coached the 4th – 5th grade boys basketball team. Provided homework assistance, organized field trips and activities on a daily basis.

YouthSpeaks. San Francisco, CA
Assistant Videographer, 2005 – 2007

Helped organize, document and cover YouthSpeaks events, performances throughout the Bay Area and in New York City, collaborating with various youth-based organizations and other nonprofits.

International Institute of San Francisco. San Francisco, CA
YouthCares Tutor/Senior Aide, 2001 – 2003
Provided homework assistance and skill building for children ages 4 -12 years; assisted senior citizens living in senior housing facilities

For more on Phillips please visit, eyesopenedblog.com and readChumbhino (Little Bullet): Q&A with Jarrel Phillips.”