DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

June 12, 2015 09:00 ET

Toronto Youth Take a Creative Stand Tonight as Leaders in Their Community

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 12, 2015) -

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Friday, June 12th at 6pm, at Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 22 teens from 12 Toronto schools will showcase their inner leadership as they perform music, dance, and dramatic pieces. Everyone is welcome. You will see resilience and inner strength as our youth creatively take a stand against bullying, negativity, and hopelessness. Their voices will demand that the rest of us reach their expectations of excellence. Families, TDSB teachers, principals, trustees and superintendents will cheer them on.

The inaugural DAREarts William Stevenson Award will be presented to a DAREarts graduate who has shown exemplary creative writing skills. Presenting the award is Emmy-winning producer of 60 Minutes and spouse of late author William Stevenson, Monika Jensen-Stevenson.

Over 150 students from 26 schools spanning from the downtown core to east Scarborough have attended the spring program as DAREarts "delegates". They are then entrusted with the job of going back to their schools after each DAREarts Day and peer teaching their classmates what they have learned. Participating schools include Bowmore Road PS, Brock PS, Cedarbrook PS, Chine Drive PS, City View Alt., Cosburn MS, Dovercourt PS, Equinox Alt., Fairbank Memorial CS, Humewood CS, Jesse Ketchum PS, Joseph Brant PS, Military Trail PS, Niagara Street JPS, Ogden JPS, Pauline JPS, R. H. McGregor PS, Regent Heights PS, Robert Service Sr. PS, Roden PS, Ryerson CS, Samuel Hearne MS, Westwood MS, Willow Park JPS, and Wincherster PS.

Schools select up to two students from each grade who are most in need of the DAREarts opportunity to see a wider world and become leaders but are challenged for various reasons such as economic, academic and social difficulties.

DAREarts lead teacher, Laura MacKinnon, has taken the children to a number of arts venues across Toronto including the AGO, the Gardiner Museum and the Canadian Opera Company to expand their artistic horizons. She was joined by a number of accomplished Canadian artists including Emmy-winning producer of 60 Minutes, Monika Jensen-Stevenson; Juno-nominated songwriter, Glenn Marais; Dora-winning actor, Jamie Robinson; the co-artistic director of Opera Atelier, Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg; and the first conductor of the Toronto Symphony, Victor Feldbrill. These visits were just the beginning of their experience. With the DARE values of Discipine, Action, Responsibility and Excellence, the children took up the challenge to become leaders who peer-teach their respective classes, bringing the power of the arts to several thousand more children.

DAREarts has been equipping DAREarts kids with the option to opt out of destructive behaviour and expectations of failure. Children and youth are daring themselves to succeed by accessing their passion for the arts through the programming that DAREarts provides. The kids create their own mandate for a prosperous future. "I didn't know what prosperity meant until this afternoon." Words from a grade five student, "I am DAREarts because I made an effort to guess what it meant, and even though I was wrong, I learned to understand the importance of it."


DAREarts is a Canadian not-for-profit organization, which stands for "Discipline, Action, Respect, Responsibility and Excellence in Education". DAREarts' 5-year program works with 9-14 year olds from schools in high-priority neighbourhoods, empowering them to become leaders. Visit www.darearts.com

DAREarts thanks its lead supporters: Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, Guy Carpenter, the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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