Community Outreach

YPT offers a wide range of community programs and workshops that serve to enrich neighbourhoods throughout the city. The focus of these programs is to introduce participants to the arts while developing positive social skills.

YPT regularly delivers programming with the following organizations:

SickKids

Cleft Lip and Palate Program

SickKids Hospital LogoYPT delivers workshops for children receiving treatment in the Cleft Lip and Palate Unit at SickKids. The workshops take place in hospital for both in- and out-of-hospital patients aged 6 to 12 from across the province. While children participate in the workshops, parents can join a learning session or meet with members of the medical team. Led by a YPT Resident Artist Educator, these workshops generally focus on children devising and performing their own stories. The workshops are planned in partnership with the social workers from the care unit, who also attend and participate in the drama workshops. As children with cleft lip and palate can experience issues with their hearing, speech, social and emotional development, the goal of the workshops is to use physical theatre exercises and storytelling as a way to build self-esteem and confidence, and encourage positive self-expression.

Toronto Public Library

TPL logo In 2015 and 2016, YPT has led families and children in movement and acting games through the Toronto Public Library’s Summer Reading Series.

 


H.appi Camper
In July 2016, YPT facilitated drama sessions with H.appi Camper – a camp for Syrian children spending their first summer in Canada.

YPT regularly creates programming for (or with) the following organizations:

Harbourfront Centre
St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association
St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre
Wellesley Community Centre
Jamii
Salvation Army – Cedarbrae
Camp Ooch
Yonge Street Mission
Macaulay Child Development Institute
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
H.appi Camper
Canadian Opera Company
University of Toronto Alumni Association
Footprints Summer Day Camp

For more information, please contact Amber Ebert, School & Community Programs Manager at
416.363.5131 x230
or aebert@youngpeoplestheatre.ca