StArt Youth Presenting Art (StArt YPA) is a youth-led volunteer-based initiative based in Scarborough Village that strives to provide young people with accessible arts education and outlets for self-expression. Since 2011, we’ve been giving youth opportunities to excel in various art forms - radically enhancing creativity, and contributing to self-confidence as cultural producers in society.
StArt YPA was formed because we found that there was a lack of accessible artistic opportunities for youth in the Scarborough community. Youth don’t have many places to participate in training opportunities, be mentored by an industry professional, or showcase their practice at a community scale. As a team, we created barrier free access to workshops, mentorship and an annual festival, which attracts over 500 community members including artists, agency partners, and councillors. It is the ideal platform for youth and emerging artists to showcase their art form to the community. StArt YPA brings people together to appreciate the importance of the arts in our everyday lives.
SuiteLife Arts for Youth created its new youth-led initiative "StArt Youth Presenting Art" in 2010. This project brought a committed team of "SuiteLife" alumni together with the purpose of creating and implementing the first annual StArt Youth Presenting Art workshops & festival.
The founding members of StArt YPA are: