Youth Programming

Each of our youth programs (for ages 13 to 19) is designed to give participants the confidence to tell their stories in a safe and supportive environment. These programs are all youth-led, and emphasize nurturing positive communities, skill development, and creative self-expression. The youth workers who facilitate these programs are trained in anti-oppressive practices and care deeply about the welfare of the teens they work with.

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The Youth Publication Project

A free eight-month project in which teens are guided through the writing and publication process, from content creation through to book launch. This program wrapped in November of 2013 with the publication of the short-fiction collection, Infinite Fictions, published by Coach House Books. Due to its success, the workshop has been extended as an ongoing weekly drop-in writing program for teens.

The Art School Portfolio Program

A free two-month after-school program for youth in grades 7 and 8 who would like to apply to an art secondary school but don’t have the resources for conventional art lessons. Over eight weeks, students build their technical and creative skills in drawing, painting, sculpting and animation, using a variety of traditional and mixed media. Students get an introduction to art history, Canadian art, and local galleries, and will compile a portfolio to meet the requirements of their chosen secondary schools.

The Young Filmmaker’s Project

A free weekly after-school program for at-risk youth, aged 13 to 18, with an interest in filmmaking. Over eight months, participants learn from film industry professionals about all aspects of filmmaking, including writing, acting, directing, filming, sound engineering, lighting, editing, producing, and publicizing. They then write and create their own short films to premier at a local movie theatre.

The Digi-Storymaking Project

A free twelve-week after-school program, for youth aged 13 to 18 with an interest in digital art. Participants are introduced to digital tools, such as photography, sound capture, editing, and animation, which they use to create their own digi-stories. These stories are then published on the web, via blogs, websites and social media.