After-school Art Program
Number of people taking this action: 50-250
Launched at Brightview Elementary School in 2014, AAP provides value-based art enrichment at various elementary schools in Edmonton. In our communities, not all children have access to extracurricular opportunities. Involvement in extracurricular activities can help children grow academically and socially*. As a community-orientated youth organization, we thought we could help children realize their potential by providing them access to these opportunities as well as mentorship in their own schools. Our goal with AAP is to socially connect children to the rest of their community with art. With the support of our AAP volunteer team, we engage local elementary school students to develop positive social values and skills while doing fun art activities.
1. Guèvremont, A., Findlay, L., & Kohen, D. (2008). Organized extracurricular activities of Canadian children and youth. Component of Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 82-003-X , 19(3), Health Reports, 64-69.
Link to join us: https://artsforyoungstars.weebly.com/aap.html
Arts for YoungSTARS, Brightview Elementary School, Duggan Elementary School, Lynnwood School, John A. McDougall School
Mindful Art Corners
Number of people taking this action: 250 or more
Created in 2014 at the University of Alberta, MAC reaches out to the greater student body and connects students with art. About 14,000 (~36%) students at UAlberta felt so depressed that it was difficult to function1. Half or about 20,000 students felt things were hopeless and over 60% (or about 24,000) felt very lonely1. We hope to give students an outlet to de-stress and socialize while trying to encourage mindfulness. Our goal is to help all students from various backgrounds with art; therefore, our activities are made to be inclusive. With the help of various student group collaborations and our MAC volunteer team, we reconnect students to themselves and their community.
Source: 1 Student Mental Health at the University of Alberta: An Overview, revised October 2015. University of Alberta's National College Health Assessment (NCHA) data, Spring 2013.
Link to join us: https://artsforyoungstars.weebly.com/mac.html
3 Good Health & Well-Being
Arts for YoungSTARS