Communities We've Reached
Urban Promise Toronto is an urban ministry serving children, youth, and families living in Toronto Community Housing neighborhoods.
In hope of imparting spiritual, social, and educational development, Urban Promise provides afterschool programs, seasonal camps, leadership development programs, and a multitude of learning opportunities. And through these acts of service, a nebulous of strength, hope, and purpose rises and cohere in the palms of everyone in the ministry.
Over summer 2020, Art Ripples held drawing and painting workshops for the seasonal camps at Urban Promise Toronto. We learned that, despite the tough realities that children living in Toronto Community Housing face, children are accepted and valued at Urban Promise Toronto. Here, they are able to dream big and become leaders in their community,
Lumenus is a non-profit dedicated to serving children, youth and families struggling with complex mental health and developmental needs. With the mission to be a light that is always on, Lumenus is a place where barriers to system access are reduced. And as their light shines, members of the community in a mental health crisis, teens without secure housing, and families in jeopardy of being separated are offered support and guidance.
In the month of August, Art Ripples held a drawing workshop with Lumenus for the Youth Wellness Hub. Together we drew a pathway of resources that are grounding and hopeful for us. The experience left us inspired. As Lumenus continues to foster resilience and wellness by making sure everyone is seen and heard, we will strive to serve others with the same compassion and care.
High School Supportive Initiative (HSSI) is a Haas Center for Public Service education program that connects Stanford students with high school students from historically marginalized local communities. As mentors and tutors, Stanford students are able to take part in empowering local youth to excel academically and become advocates for themselves and their families. Moreover, the program provides educational and college access support alongside building resilience, self-esteem, and self-efficacy in youth from our community.
In the summer of 2020, Art Ripples had the opportunity to teach art with HSSI’s annual summer program. Over the course of the program, we drew, painted, and colored in coloring pages together. We learned about local education issues, took in the importance of education equity, and built many meaningful relationships with local youth.