"Usually I'd be afraid to share or create, or I'd be afraid of criticism. I'd be afraid that the vision in my head is not going to come into reality, but being in the iAM program taught me that even if it looks bad, it's fine, it's okay. It's still worth it. It's worth trying and learning from experience." - Dia (iAM Participant)
total number of spots that were filled in our iAM program in 2018.
total number of youth who found paid employment as a result of graduating our iAM program in 2018. Some of those youth had to open up their first bank accounts to deposit their earnings.
number of meals provided during our iAM program in 2018
number of transit tickets/tokens given to youth in our iAM program in 2018. This is done so that youth have the opportunity to attend our program and get home afterward.
iAM Participants over the years
total number of weeks the program was offered in 2018. For context, the program was only offered for seven weeks combined from 2015-2017.
total number of youth who sold art for money through our iAM program in 2018
"I learned a number of things in these 8 weeks. I learned tips and tricks of photography, but more importantly, I learned how to tell a story." - Sumeet (iAM Participant)
"JAYU opened my mind to what other artists think of. Everyone had their own style and character." - Ammar (iAM Participant)
“Through JAYU, I’ve had the privilege to help other young artists to express their passion and profess their social views. I have also been hired to photograph events within my city. Having being paid for my photography for the first time was a blessing; it didn’t feel like a job to me. The time I create with JAYU is invaluable; every moment, every emotion and every shot captured helps me strive to become the best artist I can.” - Louis (iAM Junior Mentor)
Our strength comes from our community
Organizations that collaborated, engaged and supported the iAM project over the years:
Nikon Canada supported the program through in-kind donations of camera equipment and photography workshops.
Daniels Corporation supported iAM in Mississauga through in-kind donations of space for workshops and galleries.
Both Daniels Corporation and Luminato Festival hired iAM graduates for photography work.
We identified and approached potential program beneficiaries through partnerships with like-minded organizations including:
Horizons For Youth shelter
Canadian Arab Institute
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Toronto Public Library
The Centre for Social Innovation
Markham House Gallery
The Bradley Museum
Peel Art Gallery Museum
The Dam Drop-in Centre
“You’re brought in as the mentor, the instructor, and then you turn around and you’re like ‘I was learning all day!’ I don’t even feel like I imparted any knowledge onto them. They were teaching me about life.” - Adeyemi Adegbesan aka @soteeoh (Artist Mentor)
“As a photographer myself, seeing your work on a wall is a game changer. You see so many digital images floating around but once you finally see something you’ve created on a wall and people enjoying, it speaks volumes.” - Don Lane aka @dleeezy (Artist Mentor)
“When the Centre for Social Innovation hosted JAYU’s iAM exhibition, it quite literally provided a series of snapshots into the lives of Canada’s newcomers. Using art as a tool to share the stories of newcomers, iAM lowered the barrier to engage with a serious issue and humanized the stories we usually only see through the curated lens of media.” - Adil Dhalla (Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation)