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Why Support Us?

If young people engage and develop in the arts, they will enhance their resilience and capacity to live well and lead social change in communities.

We provide space, tools, mentorship and support for youth to find joy, rest, inspiration, learning, friends and community, while they build skills in the arts and leadership that can lead to opportunities for them to move beyond the constraints of poverty, homelessness or marginalization.

SKETCH sees a movement where young people are celebrated and engaged as culture makers, perception changers, and collaborators in building creative community.

“Art is saving my life” – SKETCH Participant

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Invest in young people and their art to transform lives and communities

We provide space, tools, mentorship and support for youth to find joy, rest, inspiration, learning, friends and community, while they build skills in the arts and leadership that can lead to opportunities for them to move beyond the constraints of poverty, homelessness or marginalization.

SKETCH sees a movement where young people are celebrated and engaged as culture makers, perception changers, and collaborators in building creative community.

Health and Wellbeing

Youth gain access to nutritious food, movement and mindfulness programs, referrals for health care, coping strategies for mental health challenges, and a community of peer support. The arts are an essential part of mental health support.

Equity and Inclusion

Young people who identify in lots of different ways are welcomed, included and affirmed for their unique contributions as they make Art. SKETCH is committed to challenging, addressing and reducing systemic barriers, stigmas and oppressions, reaching out to diverse communities, ensuring anti-oppression and harm reduction, and working towards transformative justice.

Education

Youth choose their own learning journeys, connects them to formal and informal education and creates unique ‘accreditation’ or recognition processes with education partners. We help translate skills learned for the workforce, offer first-time employment experiences, and support youth to build creative enterprise or self-employment in the arts.

Community Leadership

Youth assert their creative agency in the world. We support them to navigate systems and resources, connect with peers and adult allies, discover opportunities, and train as leaders in arts activism, facilitation and community development.

Support Elements In 2018

5827

Meals

663

Referrals to 1195 youth

58

Program partners