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.
StArt YPA works collaboratively with young and emerging artists by designing skills-based workshops and mentorships that enables artists to acquire the skills needed to become successful in their practice.
StArt YPA provides barrier free opportunities and resources to under-served communities to increase impact through arts programming, therefore building a community of artists in a safe and inclusive space that facilitates healthy dialogues and networking opportunities
StArt YPA forges long lasting community relationships that foster trust, transparency, and collaboration with community members - partnering with agencies, organizations and leveraging resources to expand reach and build community capacity. Utilizing communal assets responsibly for social change is paramount to the success of programs offered in under-served neighbourhoods.
StArt YPA will be the experience that enriches lives and transforms communities.
To remove barriers to participation by providing accessible opportunities to underserved communities.
To engage with adversaries in breaking down systemic barriers and promoting healthy, sustainable, positive changes in communities.
To build a community of artists in a safe and inclusive space to facilitate healthy dialogues and networking opportunities is paramount to the success of programs offered in underserved neighbourhoods.
Focusing on using communal assets responsibly for social change is paramount to the success of programs in underserved neighbourhoods.
To partner with agencies and organizations and leveraging resources to expand reach and build community capacity.
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: