What is YALP About anyways?

    YALP is the Youth Arts Leadership Program is series of events that is hosted by YAC (Youth Art Connection).

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YAC Talks is an ongoing program presented with the sponsorship of TD Bank, that is helping YAC’s Artpreneurs to connect with the world. YAC Talks allows youth to have an impact through discussing ideas with business leaders, politicians, community leaders and the public at large.

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As youth gain experience and start to think about their future, an inevitable question emerges. How am I going to make a living? At YAC we believe that an essential skill to building a successful career is being able to understand, articulate and connect personal skill sets and passions to career opportunities.

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We are hiring for the Justice, Art and Youth in Action Initiative!




Youth Art Connection(YAC) is looking for three dynamic artists, activists, and/or community leaders for a 6-month contract. The positions available include Communications and Promotions Coordinator, Community Facilitator, and Events and Logistics Coordinator. The team will work collaboratively with YAC and a committee of community partners to engage Nova Scotians in creating a 3-year action plan for the Justice, Art and Youth In Action Initiative.

Team members will be expected to work 14 hours a week from mid December – mid May 2017. Team members will work collaboratively with each other, community members and partners, and independently. Team members will be responsible for directing the progress and direction of Justice, Art & Youth with support from various partners and champions, as well as tracking and reporting the project’s development to YAC. Team members will report to YAC Co-founder Ryan Veltmeyer and will work out of the Youth Art Connection office at 5553 Bloomfield st. in Halifax, or have high speed internet and be familiar with video conference tools like Google Hangouts or Skype for working remotely. You will also be expected to travel outside of Halifax for rural engagement activities.

The Justice, Art & Youth in Action Initiative is a collaborative project lead by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation(www.fmjf.ca), The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia(artgalleryofnovascotia.ca), and Youth Art Connection (youthartconnection.ca). The project aims to address justice issues, including the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools, the over-representation of African Nova Scotians in the criminal justice system, intimate partner violence, and the violence LGBTQ youth face. The project will engage as many Nova Scotians from different backgrounds as possible in the process of designing a 3-year action plan aimed at implementing support for youth artists to make art about justice in their communities and lives in order to mobilize communities to take action on justice issues. This will be accomplished by partnering with communities, organizations and local events, and by an online campaign launching in January 2017.

Check out more details about the project at http://youthartconnection.ca/justice/


Our new website!

Welcome to YAC’s new home on the web. Please look around and check out all of the news and stories about the work we’ve been doing, that we are now able to share with the world.


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