Bishop Fisher’s Skills Link Program, Pickering, ON

Art With A Heart Inc. was able with Trillium funding, to come alongside of an existing Skills Link program to offer 12 weeks of experiential programming through an Expressive Arts Therapy model that focussed on identity, self worth, life skills, talents, employability, and exploration of finding areas of interest for job prospects with approximately 15-20 youth.  Use of the arts, role play, movement, use of areas of interest such as spoken word, music & percussion, and experiential discovery were utilized to explore frustrations and challenges in finding employment as well as being used as a catalyst to having the youth attend the existing program with more consistency.  This program strongly provided the space and time for the youth to be able to find their voices to explore their career and educational interests and goals for the future.