YACOS [Youth Arts]


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COV_ART: Show us what you have been doing while isolating…we are always looking for submissions so send us your art or short video ( 3-5min please) today!


The Youth Arts Council of Surrey (YACOS) is excited to tell you about are latest update regarding the Surrey Street Art Project which is building more and more momentum for Surrey. As you are aware Phase One was incorporated with six youth artists who submitted their paintings for viewing at the COVID Vaccination Center at 100th Avenue and King George Blvd. Phase Two was expanded to all Artists through the Arts Council of Surrey, 25 volunteer artists created pieces that were able to also be installed in more COVID Vaccination Centers throughout Surrey. Phase Three is the next step. As these centers begin to shut down the Art is now being moved to outdoor locations for the enjoyment of pedestrians and commuters. A selection of paintings are on display on the fencing along 70A avenue & King George Boulevard. 1st round is presently being installed at the Newton Athletic Park’s Tennis Court fencing along 128th Street (be sure to check it out). The goal for the future is to have an inventory of Art available on an ongoing outdoor beautification concept around such areas as construction sites and chain linked fencing empty lots. The City has expressed appreciation and interest in this idea, and the groundwork is underway for the expansion of Surrey Street Art.

Join the Surrey Steps Up Youth Planning Team

Youth will meet bi-weekly on Fridays to plan and execute Surrey Steps Up, an annual showcase of the positive impact youth have on the city. The event celebrates the amazing young people who are transforming our schools and communities through good deeds, community projects, creating art and more. Email Youth@surrey.ca to sign-up. CLICK IMAGE TO ACCESS DETAILS

Youth Writing Contest Winners Announced Congratulations to Our Talented Youth!

Winners’ stories, poems, comics, and creative writing are captured in the new 2021 Winners’ Anthology, now available to borrow or purchase at all Surrey Libraries branches. Be sure to watch for next year’s contest starting June 1, 2022. Thanks go out to our major sponsors for their generous support of this contest: Khalsa Credit Union, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, CUPE 402 & CUPE 402-02, Surrey International Writers’ Conference, and Whitehots Inc. CLICK IMAGE TO ACCESS DETAILS

Authour Sanjana Karthik Share A Poem

ACS YACOS MEMBER | Sanjana Karthik Launches New Book

‘Life Lessons Along the Way’ is a poetry book that encompasses life lessons that author, Sanjana Karthik, has come across throughout her life. With 28 poems, and 28 quotes this poetry collection contains lessons that revolve around: gratitude, starting over, perseverance, positivity, identity struggles, and much more. Navigate your way through the lessons she stumbled upon throughout her youth. Who knows? It might bring insight into your own life as well. Available on Kindle forr $4.99

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Acting for the Camera Ages 10–15 September 30–November 25 | Surrey Arts Centre

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CITY | Band-Aid Musician Workshop October 14 | 7–8:30pm | Ages 10–22

Develop your skills and connect with other local musicians at this mentorship session with music professionals from Metro Vancouver. Register today to reserve your spot. Band-Aid is presented in partnership with Surrey Civic Theatres, Surrey Youth, and Healthy Communities. Presenting Sponsor: Envision Financial.

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CITY | Young Playwrights Lab

Do you like to tell stories? Do you ever watch movies or see plays and wish you could create stories like the ones you see unfold? Join Jordy Matheson as he leads youth through the fundamentals of story, structure, and stage directions for the theatre. Exploring your own creative interests with mentorship and instruction from a professional theatre artist so that you can write wholly unique stories for the stage. | Wed, Sep 29–Nov 17 | 4–5pm | #108766 | $86.40

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Literary artist SANJANA KARTHIK shares her latest spoken word poetry

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.

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!

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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.

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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