To fulfill the needs of Scarborough youth, SuiteLife along with StArt YPA members - a dedicated team of young people - will host workshops during the StArt YPA Festival to enhance artistic knowledge and intellectual vitality of our community. With this initiative, SuiteLife hopes to accomplish the following:
1. Provide intensive 10-week workshop series instructed by industry professionals in the following 10 art disciplines: acting, singing, dancing, spoken word, photography, fine arts, metal works (welding/art creation), coding (animation/web design), stage management and sound tech.
2. Teach business skills in each art discipline to make their art career sustainable. Participants gain the tools to interview/audition successfully, assemble portfolios (including cover letters, resumes, photos, videos), create a positive online presence, and research potential agents/employers/apprenticeship positions.
3. Create additional opportunities to showcase youth work(s) throughout the year, including the StArt YPA Gallery, Emerging Artists Series, StArt YPA magazine, and the StArt YPA Festival.
4. Provide additional volunteer, mentorship, and honourarium based employment opportunities – helping young people become
positive contributors to their community.