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smiling teenaged girl against a brick wallAt the Youth Arcade Studio, Angela grew as a person through creative self-expression

For youth coping with anxiety, depression, trauma and other mental health illnesses, the need for an outlet has never been greater. At our Youth Arcade Studio, young people can do just that. Through creative self-expression, youth can explore themselves, the world around them, and their place in it. Just ask Angela.

“Before I came to the Studio, I was closed off. I only interacted with friends at school and was just focused on academics. One of my friends was already coming to the Studio and convinced me to join the House of Cool animation program there. Through the pandemic, I was part of the weekly virtual programs and summer sculpture workshops which was great because it was such an isolating time. This year, I joined the pottery program and had fun at the Art Gallery of Ontario last November where we had our work on display and for sale. 

“The Youth Arcade Studio has been a huge part of my teenage life and allowed me to expand my creativity and freedom in ways that I didn’t have before. Staff at the Studio gave me immense support beyond just art instruction. I became more knowledgeable about myself, and about the world in different forms and shapes that I would not normally have seen.”