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Photo by Angelica S. 

Summer Programs Participant 

We help you build classrooms and communities where everyone belongs.

At Rivers of Hope, we empower youth with opportunities to envision and co-create welcoming and inclusive school and community environments.

We offer classroom workshops, summer programs, and toolkits that provide knowledge and skills around responding to racism, prejudice, and hate. 

Photo by Sharmila B., Rivers of Hope Summer Programs Participant, Age 16 

Classroom
Workshops

We use unpack the concept of "Othering" and teach bystander intervention against racism, prejudice, and hate.

Summer
Programs

We provide opportunities for youth to work with professional artists to explore the theme of "belonging". 

Educational
Toolkits

Our toolkits provide research, information, and practical resources for challenging racism, prejudice, and hate. 

We tailor our classroom workshops to meet your needs.
We have mapped out Ontario curriculum connections for a wide range of subjects, from Grades 8 through 12. 

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 Bystander Intervention 
Theatre Activity

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Workshop Facilitator Training

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Photo by Triza 

Summer Programs Participant 

Our Summer Programs Encourage Youth Self-Expression

We offer summer programs that provide youth with the opportunity to work with professional artists and writers!

In our summer programs, participants use the arts and writing to express themselves around the theme of belonging. Participants receive feedback on their work from their peers and from our professional artist facilitators. Their final art and writing pieces are featured in our online gallery.  

Our summer programs engage diverse art mediums, including photography, personal essays, and poetry.  

What People Are Saying About Rivers of Hope

The workshop was very eye-opening. It encouraged me to look beyond my own race, culture and identity, and to be open and educated on others. Many of us face the same struggles and we could possibly all help each other in some way. 

Classroom Workshop Participant 

Age 16

I really liked the small community that was formed between us. The facilitators were very friendly and taught me and the others things like different photography techniques, and how to make a writing piece feel more emotional and real. Overall, it was a great workshop series and I am happy to be a part of this experience.

Summer Programs Participant 

Age 16

Thank you for holding space and for facilitating a wonderful workshop series. These things aren't easy to talk about but I think the youth really built a sense of trust and took chances exploring art and connecting that to the teaching you shared. Please stay in touch, we would love to connect with you again!!!

Newcomer Youth Program Facilitator, North York Community House

50+

WORKSHOPS FACILITATED 

2000+

YOUTH REACHED

40+

VOLUNTEERS ENGAGED

Schools and Organizations That Have Worked With Rivers of Hope