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UforChange

UforChange started in 2009 as a response to the increasing need for youth arts programs in the St. James Town neighbourhood. Since then, UforChange has been mentoring young people in the pursuit of their artistic passions through a spectrum of arts programs and workshops. Our programs are unique in the sense that we provide youth not only with foundational skills, but also access to: professional mentors, industry volunteer and employment opportunities, a sense of community, education support, and more. Initially serving young people from St. James Town, UforChange has grown to serve Regent Park and the Greater Toronto Area.

  • Status:
    Charity, Non-profit 
  • Main Communities Served:
    Youth, Vast majority of youth we serve are from visible minority groups as well as underserved & newcomers 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario, Greater Toronto Area with a focus on Regent Park. 
  • Languages:
    English 
  • Arts Focus:
    Our Core Arts Program offers a focus in DJ, Fashion and Photography. However, we offer drop-in workshops in a variety of arts disciplines. 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    UforChange offers eight-month programs to over 30 youth, ages 16-29, from the Greater Toronto Area annually. The program is taught by professional mentors and offers young people a focus in Fashion, DJ Arts or Photography. After program completion, we provide our young people with paid employment opportunities in the field they have chosen through our Social Enterprise, which allows them to obtain experience and build a portfolio in order to start their careers. Beyond our Core Arts program, UforChange also offers Workshops in the 6ix, which is a series of workshops on business skills, grant writing, marketing, and other arts-related topics driven by youth demand. UforChange provides participants with these programs, workshops, volunteer and employment opportunities, among other services on a pay it forward basis. This means that in order to obtain access to these resources participants have to contribute back to UforChange or the Regent Park community through volunteering. We have chosen this system as a means to integrate youth not only to our UforChange family, as it provides a support system for youth, but also to the Regent Park community in order to achieve greater community development. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Mission: To mentor young people in the pursuit of their artistic and aspirational passions in an inclusive community.

    Vision: Every young person confidently pursues a future rich with opportunity. 
  • Additional Info:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE99E8W0erA (Credit: Tony Del Rio) 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Natalia Martinez Nagles,  
  • Phone:
  • Main Contact Email:
    natalia@uforchange.org 
  • Website:
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  • Address:
    563 Dundas Street East, Suite 206, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
    Toronto, ON  M5A2B7 

Last updated on 2018-06-01 13:03:50. Photos credit of: UforChange - Submitted by: UforChange