YACOS [Youth Arts]


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Show us what you have been doing in your world of art, Performiing, Literary or Visual! We are always looking for submissions so send us your art or short video ( 3-5min please) today!


Surrey Steps Up Annual Youth Showcase March 3 | 5–9pm | Centre Stage at City Hall Surrey Steps Up Annual Youth Showcase is returning to City Hall on Friday, March 3. If you are a youth who has made a positive impact through community action projects, good deeds, art projects or more, register for a booth to showcase the great work you’ve done. Join us for fun activities, food, entertainment and more.


CITY | Children’s Improv and Musical Theatre
Courses of Laughter and Fun!

Have a little stage fright? Welcome your child into theatre through positive team-building programs. Royal Canadian Theatre Company offers two types of courses at Clayton Community Centre. In Playworkers, children gain confidence by playing improv theatre games and group storytelling. In Create Musical Theatre, children work together to stage a mini-production. These courses end with a family showcase.


CITY | SASSY Awards Nominations 2023

Nominations Open January 22–March 10 We encourage all young leaders who are making a difference in their community to nominate themselves to be recognized. If you’re an educator, parent, friend, or community member that knows a 15 to 21 year old that lives, works, or volunteers in Surrey or White Rock who is going above and beyond for their community, nominate them today! Nominations are accepted in six categories and recipients receive awards along with a donation to a charity of their choice.


CITY | January Drop-in Schedules

Get active this new year! Check out the January drop-in schedules and visit your local recreation facility to enjoy your favourite activities. Youth ages 13 to 18 can sign up for a Youth Services Membership and attend free drop-in activities offered in our Youth Drop-in Schedule! Join the fun, play sports, and hang out at youth lounges with your friends.

Drop-in Schedules

Small Media File ‘Save the Earth’ by Radha Sekar

The Nature of Youth

Emerging Visual and Literary youth artist from YACOS and Surrey. Using the prompt #Whatdoesclimatejusticemeantoyou those ages 13-21 across the lower mainland were invited to participate. Here are the great results.

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Sanjana is a member of the ACS and is co-founder of YOUR WORDS MATTER TO US – a literary club. Check this club out at https://yourwordsmattertous.blogspot.com/
She is also the co-author of the mental health app (see below) targeting youth.

LITERARY | Poem ‘ Gender Equality’

LITERARY | Poem ‘ Family’

LITERARY | ‘The End is the Beginning’

Youth Mental Health App


Developed by Students at Tamanawis Secondary on Google Play
Sanjana [member of YACOS] and Astha, grade 11 students from Semiahmoo Secondary have developed an app to support and reduce stigma around it mental health. The intention of the app is to help people gain mental strength by learning to prioritize their own happiness via journaling and other resources. myEsprit is a free app offered in various languages. If you are Interested in learning more about the app follow myEsprit on Instagram and Facebook and download the app on Google Play.

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HOW IT CAME ABOUT WITH SANJANA…myEsprit is a free app that can be found in various languages. Its main objective is to remove the stigma revolving around mental health, help people prioritize their happiness, and provide them access to long term resources. Our app provides resources and reminders for gratitude journaling, reflective journaling and goal journaling. Users will be able to reflect and write down goals revolving around their Health and Fitness, Family, Intellectual Life, Social Life, Emotional Life, Character, Career, Quality of Life, Love Relationship, and Finances. They will be able to create goals and habits that can align with their larger goals as well. We also provide resources and reminders for mindfulness and breathing exercises, as well as mental health illness information and resources for long term support. Lastly, we also have a personal profile and provide users the ability to track their mood, water intake, and amount of exercise.


Brought to you by youth artists group YourWordsMatterToUs, public speaker Sahej Bhalla presents a few tips on how to become an effective, engaging public speaker…even if it terrifies you to get up in front of a crowd!

Click here to access | YACOS 2022: A Year In Review
Will be available in March 2023 | meanwhile enjoy YiR 2021


Opportunities such as continuing auditions or Calls To Artist that have no deadline.


We are the Youth Arts Council of Surrey (YACOS)! We are a volunteer arts group run by youth for youth, and it’s our goal to create opportunities for young people in the arts. We provide these opportunities throughout the year through large-scale events such as talents shows, play-writing competitions, film festivals and fashion shows.

All of our members and participants are 13-21 years old, and either live or go to school in school in Surrey, BC. The Arts Council of Surrey (ACS) is our parent organization who provides us with a safe meeting space at the Newton Cultural Centre. The ACS provides us with a mentorship program and services to support our artistic endeavours.

We work on many annual projects such as a playwriting competition [Write On!], City-wide talent show [Surrey Shines!] a talent showcase [Canvas Coffee House], and a fashion show [Y.E.S. Runway]

By working on the youth council, we have the chance to discover who we are, to meet people from other backgrounds and to learn exciting new skills. At the same time, the events we organize are the perfect opportunities for Surrey youth to show off their talents to the community.

YACOS is currently working to provide opportunities for young people to become actively involved in the local Surrey Arts community. Our Youth Coordinator, an experienced Mentor from the Arts community, works with us to develop programs by and for youth. In 2004 the major community theatre project “Let Me Sing” raised enough money to help get us started.

The way we work is: Surrey’s youth provide the ideas and proposals, and then we get together with mentors in the community to make it all work.



Amrit, Chair
Shubi, Vice Chair

MEMBERS: Wendy, Himadri, Fareed, Bakhtiar, Min Jy, Linda, Gurmehak, Tina, Pam, Simmie and Maro

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We welcome all questions you may have about the many benefits of becoming a YACOS member. Please call us at 604-594-2700 or email us at youthartscouncil@gmail.com.

Please fill out form and send to:
By Email: youthartscouncil@gmail.com
By Mail: 13530 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3W 2P1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youth arts council of surrey


When the Arts Council of Surrey established YACOS they knew that ‘experience is a great teacher’ when it comes to the Arts and the business of the Arts. To this end, the ACS set up a Mentorship program that young artists can tap into when creating work or producing events and fund raisers. Today YACOS enjoys an incredible synergy with a number of leaders in the business, municipal and arts communities.

Lyn Vera-Lay

Petra Barker [Guildford Town Centre] Beth Barlow [Chief Librarian, City of Surrey] Catherine Bayley [School District #36] Glen Chua and Tim Reyes [MOONLiTE Productions] KC Gilroy [Former Coordinator] Barb Gould [Writer] Jarnail Singh [Artist] Chris Thornley [Thornley Hayne Creative Communications] Barb Wolfe [Surrey Arts Centre]

Paula Cooper,Kiran Dhillon, Trisha Dulku, Jaspreet Kalsi, Gurinder Kalsi, Winnie Liu, Lynn Vo, Isuru Withanage, Tina Yang and Tony Yang