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Blue Print For Life

  • Status:
  • Main Communities Served:
    Adults, Children, FNMI, Homeless, Homeless Youth, Youth, Ages 12 to 30 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, BluePrintForLife's catchment area to date is: 36 Northern and Arctic Communities as well as Calgary. 
  • Languages:
    English, French, Inuktitut 
  • Arts Focus:
    The arts disciplines offered are mainly Hiphop dance. Some mural making is offered that blends Northern imagery with graffiti techniques. At the end of each week all program participants put on an amazing Hiphop event. 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    BluePrintForLife runs “Social Work Through Hiphop” programs in remote Inuit and First Nations Communities in Northern Canada. They also run programs with newly immigrated families in Calgary and are expanding to other inner cities across the country. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    BluePrintForLife is a business that was founded in 2006 by Stephen Leafloor, social worker and b-boy. It is an outreach model that connects with local resources in each community.
    It’s mandate is “using Hiphop as both a community development tool and as a model for alternative education and healing… [it] offers dynamic, culturally appropriate programs designed for First Nations and Inuit youth that are founded on Hiphop, rooted in traditional culture, and centered on community needs. ” (Stephen Leafloor “Who is BluePrintForLife?”) 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    BluePrintForLife is really good at bringing people together during the Hiphop programs. RCMP, teachers, police, parents and youth all dance and learn together and barriers are broken down. The programs also offer intense professional development for the adults involved. It is a means for teachers to encourage relationships with hard to reach kids. Word of mouth about BluePrintForLife spreads rapidly, due to its amazing and successful programs. Because of this, it has not been difficult to raise funds needed.

    One of BluePrintForLife’s biggest challenge is to get the local parents to participate and then facilitate the program immediately after BluePrintForLife leaves.
    BluePrintForLife’s goal is to expand and reach more communities. They are very proud that their program works well with newly immigrated families to Canada. In Calgary, they worked on several projects which included one with Sudanese youth, another with teenage Muslim girls. The also mediated between a First Nations school and a local community school in order to deal with issues with racism. They are currently in discussions for further inner city projects in Toronto, Regina, Winnipeg and Kenora.
  • Additional Info:
    Communities hire BluePrintForLife to conduct week long programs. Each community raises the funds to pay for the program through “… access[ing] local, provincial and national funding programs for dealing with the wide range of issues that face youth. These may fall under the areas of Suicide Prevention, Bullying, Addictions and Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Criminal and Youth Justice Issues, Gang Prevention Programs, Educational and Health, Fitness and Recreational Programs.” (web) The program costs range from $19,000 to $26,000. Each sponsor community needs to cover flights, accommodation and daily per diems for the crew. In Northern Quebec the school board funds the program under alternative education. BluePrintForLife has been nominated for awards through The Kaiser Foundation’s National Awards for Excellence Program in mental health and addictions. 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Steve Leafloor, Founder (Ottawa/National) 
  • Phone:
    (613) 592-2220 
  • Main Contact Email: 
  • Website:
  • Address:
    112 Coriolis Court
    Stittsville, ON  K2S 0P3 

Last updated on 2019-05-24 13:06:21. Submitted by: Artbridges interview with Stephen Leafloor, February 1, 2010.