YACOS [Youth Arts]

NEWS & VIEWS

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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!



POSTPONED
Donate | Sell | Shop…for a great cause!

Due to the ongoing and updated Public Health Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing our annual event until a later date for 2022.
We will keep you posted on the new date and time.
In the meantime, donations to the YACOS fundraiser will still be gratefully accepted at the Newton Cultural Centre, 13530-72 avenue, Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 3:00.
Please see poster for list of new or gently used art-related items or email youthartscouncil@gmail.com if you have questions.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and generosity.


LITERARY | Poem ‘ Gender Equality’

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.


Call to youth ages 13 to 21 across the lower mainland. Are you interested in art and sustainability? Then you should submit your work to the Youth Arts Council of Surrey’s new show The Nature of Youth. Create a piece of art based on the prompt: What does climate justice mean to you? Then submit your work to youthartscouncil@gmail.com by January 29th 2022 and you will be featured in our online gallery. Please visit the Arts Council of Surrey’s website and click on the YACOS tab for more information or inquiries. LINK: https://artscouncilofsurrey.ca/yacos/


Surrey Steps Up | Save-the-Date: March 11, 2022

Surrey Steps Up is an annual showcase of the positive impact youth have on the city. Celebrate the amazing young people who are transforming our schools and communities through good deeds, community projects, creating art and more. Everyone is welcome.
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SASSY Awards | Nominations Open in January 2022

Surrey Steps Up is an annual showcase of the positive impact youth have on the city. Celebrate the amazing young people who are transforming our schools and communities through good deeds, community projects, creating art and more. Everyone is welcome. CLICK IMAGE TO ACCESS DETAILS


CITY | Online Youth Nights | Free Recreation for Youth at Home

Join us monthly on Thursday evening to try something new online. Events coming up are Youth Speak-Up with the Surrey Leadership Youth Council and Environmental Stewardship with Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad. CLICK IMAGE TO ACCESS DETAILS


SANJANA KARTHIK Wins Book Give-Away

The winner of former YACOS member and author, LINDA XIA’s inaugural novel is Sanjana Karthik. Sanjana has submitted severarl literary pieces for SPOTLIGHTontheARTS and we’d like to show our appreciation for all her contributions and hard work.


NEW BOOK LAUNCH | What The Seal Saw

In ‘What The Seal Saw’, young readers follow a harbour seal around Semiahmoo Bay and learn how to explore the world with curiosity. Written and illustrated by locals Sherry McMillan and Carla Maskall, this charming book nurtures a love of nature and language in little ones with big imaginations.
#whathesealsaw | whatthesealsaw.com


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

CLICK HERE To Order | Please support our emerging Literary talents

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

YOUTH ORIENTED Mental Health App myESPRIT

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.

Click Here to access App

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.


TIPS ON PUBLIC SPEAKING

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 2020: A Year In Review

On-Going

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


ABOUT YACOS

WHAT IS YACOS?WHAT IS YACOS?
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.


MEMBERSHIP

OUR EXECUTIVE & MEMBERS:


EXECUTIVE
Amrit, Chair
Shubi, Vice Chair

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

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PRINTABLE PDF MEMBERSHIP FORM
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

MENTORSHIP

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.

ACS/YACOS COORDINATOR
Lyn Vera-Lay

CURRENT MENTORS
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]

‘YACOS PAST MEMBER’ MENTORS
Paula Cooper,Kiran Dhillon, Trisha Dulku, Jaspreet Kalsi, Gurinder Kalsi, Winnie Liu, Lynn Vo, Isuru Withanage, Tina Yang and Tony Yang