Promoting Youth Driven Cultural Diplomacy and Social Change through the Arts 

​The YAEP offers youth aged 14-18 a precious opportunity to develop their unique identities and build skills that will benefit them for a lifetime through a year long, after school art enrichment program that focuses on arts education at its core and includes social impact programming. The program culminates in the first annual, community-based FOR COMMON GOOD –  Arima Youth Arts Festival, an all day showcase of the arts education and the social impact sensitization deliverables covered in the program. The festival will be screened internationally, in partnering countries with select youth participants and local practitioners participating in a virtual panel. 

The main goal of this project is to provide an holistic platform for creative capacity building in youth by using an integrated visual and performing arts education and social impact program geared to improve participants’ capacity for leadership, self sustainability, social advocacy and ability to build linkages with the wider world.

Application Process:

Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort of the Youth Art Enrichment Program will open soon. The deadline to apply is October 24th, 2020. Prospective students must apply online by the deadline.

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YAEP Participant Checklist

Prospective students must:

Be registered by deadline date

Be a VAPA student at a secondary school or submit a portfolio with application if not a VAPA student (guidelines to follow)

Submit a personal statement

Attend 80% of each module

Work closely with assigned mentors

Participate in end of program festival

Registration for the YAEP runs from September 14th – October 24th!


Program Content

Starts November 2nd 2020

6 month module, Masterclasses and Career Days with international visual arts, theater, dance and music practitioners and Mentorship from local visual arts, theater, dance and music practitioners (Nov-April)  

2 month module, (May-June)

1 month Festival preparation (July)

Arima Youth Art Festival (August)

Program Outcome:

Builds and develops skills in Theatre Art, Visual Art, Dance and Music

Deepens civic engagement through sensitizing participants about themes of Gender Equality;  Good Health and Well-being; Decent Work & Economic Growth; and Climate Action

Helps develop personal artistic style, confidence and personal branding.

Drives creativity, enterprise and employ-ability skills

Develops and refines diplomacy skills

Increases cross-cultural competencies

Prepares participants for their roles as future leaders, change makers and advocates. 





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