YPT’s Family Shelter Program is a weekly drama-based program for children aged 6 to 11 living with their mothers or families at two City of Toronto Shelters: Birkdale Residence and Toronto Plaza Hotel. The program uses facilitated play and drama exercises to explore self-esteem, confidence building, and positive self-expression with the young residents. There can be up to 100 children and youth living at either shelter at one time and our workshops are delivered to approximately 20 participants at each location, each week. Programming is executed by a team of YPT Resident Artist Educators (RAEs), some of whom were born outside of Canada or are recent newcomers themselves.
In addition to the drama workshops, YPT also provides subsidized tickets to our productions for children living at both locations. This affords us the opportunity to tie themes from current shows into the workshops the RAEs provide in order to continue the learning from the shelter through to the theatre. We also offer bursaries to YPT’s Drama School for these children once they have moved to their permanent homes in order to provide ongoing access to YPT.
Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation.