At the core of the JAYU community is the belief that the arts provide the strongest platform to share human rights stories. The arts can be used to heal, educate, build empathy, forge community and inspire the conversations necessary to reimagine a more just and equitable world.

In 2015, we launched the iAM Program — an arts and social justice training program for youth from underserved communities around the GTA. Through iAM, we empower youth participants by helping them cultivate their artistic identity and gain industry skills in photography, storytelling, and filmmaking. Weekly arts and social justice workshops connect iAM youth participants to artist mentors who inspire them to address their circumstances, share their stories, and bolster their own communities.

Last year, our iAM Program helped nearly 200 aspiring youth artists in 7 communities all over Ontario get behind the camera lens to uncover, identify, and document indicators of human rights and social justice.

Art has the power to break barriers, inspire empathy, and strengthen self-worth, and we know equipping youth with the tools to live their artistic freedom can change the future. Next year, we hope to expand our programming to help even more youth from underserved communities across Ontario. 

But we can’t do it without the support from you, our incredible community.

This #GivingTuesday, we ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to JAYU. Your gift provides integral support so we can continue empowering youth to share their stories through the arts.

Thank you.

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