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York Region Arts Council Youth Committee

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR the York Region Arts Council’s Youth Committee (YRAC Youth Committee)

The York Region Arts Council (YRAC) is excited to announce that applications for our YRAC Youth Committee are open. The Youth Committee is a one-year volunteer commitment for up and coming arts and cultural workers who want to discuss current issues in the arts and address the needs of young artists in York Region. YRAC will accept up to 8 youth who live in York Region to be part of this committee. The role of the Youth Committee will be to act as advocates for youth in the arts and plan for social events throughout the year. Committee members will be invested in developing communication skills, leadership skills, as well as developing themselves professionally.

Program Goals:

  • To develop leadership opportunities for youth interested in the arts
  • To create a platform for youth to develop new programs and opportunities for aspiring artists
  • To create a region-wide network of young leaders that will spread awareness of arts opportunities in York Region
  • Develop more pathways for youth to discover a career in the arts and/or become creative entrepreneurs within York Region and beyond; clarifying and mapping those pathways
  • To support the YRAC mandate: creating a dynamic York Region arts and culture scene by increasing knowledge, communication and awareness

Eligibility & Selection Criteria: 

  • Must be between the ages of 16-25; if under the age of 18, parental/guardian consent must be given
  • Applicants must reside in York Region
  • Applicants must have an interest in the arts and culture industry, or be working towards a career in the arts 
  • Incomplete application forms will not be accepted
  • Applicants will go through an interview selection process
  • Applicants will be selected based on demonstrated leadership qualities and interest in the role

Time Commitments & Meetings: 

  • The committee will be in session October 2019 - June 2020 (with some involvement throughout July and August to assist with transitioning)
  • The committee will meet approx. 2-4 times a month for a two hour meeting
  • Meetings will be held in Markham from 4:30 - 6:30pm, and may take place at other locations throughout York Region (exact date of the week to be confirmed)
  • The committee will spend 5-10 hours per month working on activities, and hours may vary throughout the year
  • The committee may need to work independently on tasks outside of meetings
  • Some off-site meetings or events may take place throughout the year

Note: hours put towards the Youth Committee can be used towards community service hours for High School students.

How to Apply:

If you have any questions about the Youth Committee or the application, please email Deanna Galati at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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