About Our Summer Programs

In our summer programs, youth have the opportunity to work with professional artists to develop their skills and express themselves around issues of belonging and identity.


Our programs provide a safe and welcoming space for youth to gain confidence in sharing their ideas through photography and writing. You can see the final pieces produced by youth in last year's summer programming here.   



Check back in May 2022 for more opportunities


An online workshop series on how to use photography and writing to build communities where everyone belongs.

Open to 20 youth ages 15-18 in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton



 Humans of Hope is a 4-part workshop series on how to use photography and writing to challenge racism and promote positive social change.


Inspired by the internationally acclaimed Humans of New York photography project, workshop participants will work with professional artists and be supported in creating their own photography and writing pieces, which will be featured in an online gallery and at the Humans of Hope conference.

Participants will receive $250 to support their work. 




Photography Workshops

(you'll either be in Group 1 or Group 2)


Wed July 14

Group 1   3:00 - 4:30pm

Group 2   5:00 - 6:30pm


Wed July 21

Group 1   3:00 - 4:30pm

Group 2   5:00 - 6:30pm

Writing Workshops

(you'll either be in Group 1 or Group 2)


Wed July 28

Group 1   3:00 - 4:30pm

Group 2   5:00 - 6:30pm

Wed Aug 4

Group 1   3:00 - 4:30pm

Group 2   5:00 - 6:30pm


Sat August 14, 3:00-5:00pm


Who can apply?

Anyone between 15-18 years old who lives in the Greater Toronto Area or Hamilton

When is the application deadline?


May 24, 2021 at midnight.

How do I apply?


If you need help with the application, please email info@riversofhopeproject.com



Alia Youssef

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Alia Youssef is a Vancouver-based portrait and documentary photographer interested in complicating representations of marginalized groups, in particular Canadian Muslim communities, and highlighting their underrepresented stories and histories. Her personal projects have been exhibited in solo and  group shows at prominent galleries and festivals across Canada such as Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, The Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery, The Parliament of Canada, Presentation House Gallery, and Nuit Blanche Toronto.


Alia's commercial projects with global brands have been displayed internationally, including in New York’s Times Square and London’s Piccadilly Circus. Her work has been published in numerous online and print publications including Elle Magazine, VICE, The Globe and Mail, and Oprah Magazine. Alia has done many public artist talks, most notably for the Aga Khan Museum, We Day Toronto, and Instagram. She recently completed the Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program at Ryerson University and was awarded the Ryerson University Gold Medal.

Dwayne Sybbliss

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Dwayne Sybbliss is a photographer and film creator, he currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.  His professional and personal work excavates issues around community, masculinity and black bodies. Dwayne has completed two photography exhibits where his latest work titled "Fatherless Fathers" which explores single parent upbringings of young black individuals growing up in Regent Park and as they have grown up and now have children they all play an active role in their children's lives. Ending the cycles of the stereotypical 'single black parenthood'.  


Dwayne's current film 'Last Ride Through Regent' is his first feature short film that tackles the current gentrification process happening to the community Regent Park and the affects it has on black bodies and those spaces.  Dwayne is a self taught photographer and film maker and holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University.

Neil Price

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Neil Price is a Canadian writer, educator and editor.


His writing has appeared in Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Hazlitt, NOW Magazine Canadian Art, The Conversation and other publications. He lives in Toronto.

You can see his writing at his website: https://www.neilpricewrites.com/

Sidrah Ahmad-Chan


Sidrah Ahmad-Chan is a writer and the Director of the Rivers of Hope Project.


Her writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, This Magazine, Broadview Magazine, and other outlets.


Sidrah is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto.