2013 Youth Art Engagement Project

07Mar13

Children of the Street Society has started our spring Youth Art Engagement Project – a nine session project that combines sexual exploitation prevention education, with social justice art creation. In partnership with the City of Coquitlam, City of Port Coquitlam, CKNW Orphan’s Fund, Coquitlam Foundation, Face the World Foundation, TELUS, The Amir and Yasmin Virani Family Foundation, The McLean Foundation, Vancity and Vancouver Foundation Youth Philanthropy Council, we are partnering with three alternate youth programs in the Tri-Cities & Maple Ridge.

Youth Art Engagement Project

Over nine sessions, workshop facilitators engage youth for the first hour in interactive education on topics related to exploitation- such as human trafficking, the influence of the media, drugs & alcohol, gangs and girls, technology and online exploitation, and peer to peer empowerment. In the second hour, youth have the opportunity to take what they have learned and express themselves through social justice art, or art with a message.

Our TCO² workshop facilitators re-craft the curriculum each year to incorporate new trends, resources, and activities. This year’s project includes games, a t-shirt making activity, interactive dramatic exercises, and video. This project offers a more in depth level of engagement on the contributing factors to sexual exploitation of children and youth, and allows students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and raise awareness about the issue.

Youth in the past have created masks, paintings, drawings, graphic design, photography, sculpture, jewellery, typography, spoken word, rap, street art, and drama. We are excited for what art work youth participants will create this year.

We look forward to sharing the participants’ hard work with you in a celebration art gallery in June. Stay tuned for further details!

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