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!

Surrey Arts & Business Awards 2020

Join A Winning Youth Group! We are pleased that YACOS was recognized as a FINALIST in the
‘Arts and Innovation Award 2020’.

Small Media File Contest

Back in April of 2022, Sanjana Karthik and her peers launched an ambitious campaign to promote a small media file contest. This first annual celebration of all things digital was a noted success. Here is an example of the submissions.
Start thinking about next years competition!

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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The Surrey Youth Theatre Company (SYTCO) is announcing its auditions for their upcoming 25th season, running September to May.

We welcome youth ages 10 – 17 to come check us out and be a part of this highly respected youth theatre company.

Auditions will be part of an Audition Workshop, Tuesday, July 26th. The workshop includes theatre games, script reading, improvs, and group scenes.

This 25th season is sure to be busy and festive.

For information and to register for the audition, please refer to our website:
Facebook: @surreyyouththeatreco


Explore the world of film and all its different narrative possibilities in this fun half-day camp. Learn about filmmaking process from script-writing to film recording to editing. Learn to use cutting edge software like Davinci Resolve and iMovie to edit your film and add special effects. We support young filmmakers interested in expressing their ideas through film and video. . Monday – Friday, Jul 11 – 15 9:00am – 12:00pm Queensborough Community Centre Course ID 146053 Monday – Friday, Jul 25 – 29 9:00am – 12:00pm Centennial Community Centre Course ID 146049 Fee: $140 /5 classes

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KIDS VIS_ _ Fun with Sensory Art: Summer Camp for Kids with Valerie Orsolan. This camp starts soon! Two hours in the morning for kids 5-8yrs to explore the techniques of collage making, thread painting and printmaking using everyday objects.
Summer Camp: Fun with Colours with Ivan So Fun with Colours is a summer camp that will give children the opportunity to explore the world of colours through various mediums and materials. Students will constantly be creating new artwork and stretching their creativity. Here are some of the fun things that we will explore together: finger painting; rainbow zebras; opposite colours; mythical creatures; Splatter Paint. Be sure to wear clothes that can get messy! Supplies Included.

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Beginner Guitar Camp in the Morning OR Afternoon with Liam Simpson. Who doesn’t dream of playing guitar?! Two age groups for youth available. This camp is for beginners. Come learn the basics of reading guitar specific forms of notation such as tablature and chord diagrams; how to use your ear as part of the learning process; developing awareness of physical technique as well as learning how to play fingerstyle and with a pick. Classes will include demonstrations, discussions and the application of topics covered.

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Visual Arts Course | Art Aquarium

Go on an under-the-sea adventure in this ocean-inspired art class at Surrey Art Gallery! Students will create one-of-a-kind artworks while exploring aquatic animals and their environments through drawing, painting, clay, and more! July 16–August 30 | 10:15–11:45am | Ages 5–7 | $55.80 | #162565

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Youth Summer Writing Contest
Ages 12–18 | June 26–August 3 | Submit Online

Submit poetry, short stories, comics, or other writing-based creative work for a chance to win

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Summer Reading Club Is Here
Kids read for 49 days to earn a medal

Schools out! Have you registered your children for our Summer Reading Club yet? Don’t worry, there is still plenty of time. Summer Reading Club helps keep kids connected and prevent the summer brain drain. And there’s a medal at the end with chances to win prizes! Visit your local Surrey Libraries branch to sign up or register online.

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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!

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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