BTSI is a platform for youth empowerment projects using surfing and creative-learning initiatives as unconventional mediums for positive change. BTSI operates several programs. The platform is a global network of grassroots projects using surfing as an engagement tool to empower youth in marginalized communities. BEYOND is a series of youth-driven projects rooted in a free-progress educational approach, taking our surfing-model beyond the beach. We facilitate innovative initiatives (art, farming, breakdancing, upcycling) in city slums to rural villages collaborating with community leaders and project-specific mentors. Participating learn to trust themselves and develop their own inherent potential in a safe peer-to-peer learning space. Our online shop highlights talented, under-recognized artisans in communities we work in. It facilitates the opportunity for craftspeople to sell goods in a global marketplace. We establish longterm, mutually-beneficial relationships with artisans.