Welcome to youthLEADarts

Listen. Empathize. Act. Drive.

youthLEADarts is a network of Canadian young people who work together, through the arts, to encourage and support one another as they emerge as the LEADers of tomorrow. These diverse individuals are brought together and mentored by Artist Educators who facilitate the participant’s journey of self-realization and learning.

LEAD is a method to create change on 2 levels- within the individual participant themself, and in their communities. This set of values empowers young people, giving them the skills to become LEADers and effect meaningful and positive impact in their lives and their futures.

Become part of our growing initiative …

keep reading to learn how!

Become a LEAD Supporter- Invest in our Future

  • Are you in a position that you can give back? 
  • In your past was there an initiative, a person, or a program that gave you extra support when you needed it? 
  • Do you believe in the transformative power of the arts?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, please consider donating to create programming for underserved youth across Canada. 

Our programs make a significant impact. The investment  youth make is evident on their faces, in their process and in the art they create. We have much more coming this year and beyond! 

 All of our programming is currently funded through private donations. We thank all of our sponsors and supporters- past, present and future. 

What Does LEAD Stand for?

Listen. Empathize. Act. Drive.

Listen

Listening is as important as speaking in communication. 

What do you think is important when you listen?

Empathize

Empathize means imagining how someone else feels.

How does it make you feel when someone does that for you?

 

Act

Actions speak louder than words. 

What is it that you want say? 

 

Drive

Drive yourself and your idea to completion.

What gives you the power to keep going?

 

Watch this Space

We often have news and updates. Check back often to find out the latest happenings and announcements.
Young Voices Call Us to Listen

Grade 6 and 7 students at Britannia Elementary on Vancouver’s East Side, spent a week immersed in youthLEADarts programs. Here is another of the videos they wrote, edited, performed in and produced during that time. Their voices call us to...

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Britannia’s Change Makers

Britannia’s Change Makers Grade 6 and 7 students at Britannia Elementary on Vancouver’s East Side, spent a week immersed in youthLEADarts programs. Here is one of several videos they wrote, edited, performed in and produced during that time. Their art,...

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The Great Canadian Cupcake and Cookie Decorating Contest

January’s youthLEADarts Nova Scotia drop-in program for youth aged 7-14 was a great success! An abundance of local community kids joined us for the Great Canadian Cupcake and Cookie Decorating Contest.   In teams, they created a company logo, poster, promotional...

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Strathcona Youth Discover Their Inner Artivists

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas The journey begins…with questions, with curiosity.  It begins, as Candice Halls-Howcroft of Squamish Nation puts it, by listening with two sets of ears, the ones on our...

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Happy New Year from our Youth

Recently I asked some youthLEADarts students to write down their hopes, dreams and wishes for the world and youth like themselves in 2024, a new year. They hoped that everything would be good.  I asked what they meant and they...

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The Mentoring Team

Our regional Artist/Educators conduct live, virtual artist workshops. These cross-Canada experiences connect the values and themes of LEAD with various artistic disciplines. They create opportunities to engage in activities such as drama, dance, literature/ spoken-word, music, drumming, visual arts, photography/ videography, Indigenous, and media arts. Our goal is to create hybrid online/in-person programs that will serve as a sustainable model for communities of like-minded youth to communicate, connect and create together. 

LEAD’s Artist Educators are experts in developing curriculum for all students. Whether virtually or in person; for elementary, junior, intermediate or senior students; as a facilitator in your classroom, youth group, extracurricular or community activity, we are specialists at empowering youth with the vocabulary and skills to become LEADers. Our forte is using the arts to increase the skills such as group work, creative problem solving, interpersonal communication, personal responsibility and self-regulation. Through these skills the students also increase their resilience, self-esteem, and their ability to self-advocate. 

Please contact us to schedule a consultation to meet your needs. We have resources across Canada. (info@youthLEADarts.com)

Marilyn Field

Founder/ National Coordinator

Visionary, Mentor, Teacher, Musician

Lori Sherritt-Fleming

West Coast Mentor

Author, Playwright, Performer

Shelley MacDonald

East Coast Mentor

Performer, Educator, Film-maker

Deirdre Potash

Central Canada Mentor

Artist Educator, Entrepreneur

Tina Tucker Bye

Central Canada Mentor

 Artist-Educator, Visual Artist, Actor/ Director

Roy Mulder

East Coast Mentor

Photographer, Videographer

Find out More about Artist Educators and Collaboration Partners

Each youthLEADarts workshop or program is designed to assist youth in discovering their strengths, addressing their challenges and developing communication and leadership skills within short, invigorating and fruitful timeframes. With strong roots in communities across Canada youthLEADarts, as it evolves, will continue to empower youth by developing accessible programs that help them to find their voices as LEADers who drive the future.

Our Social Feeds

#youthLEADarts

See yourself and your friends featured on our website by using our hashtag #youthLEADarts in your arts and leadership posts.

Make sure it is OK with your adults first, and check its alright with the people in your pictures and videos too. And please make sure the content is “family friendly”. 😉

A Word from One of our Youth Ambassadors/ Graduates

Elijah, 25, is a recent graduate of Trent University in Math and Spanish. He joined Marilyn Field’s empowering arts education program as a 12-year-old who was living in a marginalized Toronto suburb.  On program days, Marilyn would call him early in the morning to make sure he got on the bus for the daylong workshops in downtown Toronto.

Through the arts education program, he was able to see what was possible regardless of the odds. He pursued that vision without fear. Today, we are so proud of him for finding his inner leader; to stay in school and succeed, to find his passion for writing poetry, swimming, and for mentoring other young people.

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