The Creative Lab

The Creative Lab is a 3-day Arts Enrichment and Personal Development Program for grade 12 students (identifying as artists, poets, or dancers) who wish to make meaningful contributions to society. Taking place at York University, The Creative Lab will provide students from across North York with an opportunity to develop their artistic skills while delving into deep conversations about their true purpose in life through arts-engaged activities. Students will also have the opportunity to gain mentorship from professional artists and senior-level university students while exploring ideas around potential career paths in the arts.

Alongside the youth participants, The Creative Lab will be running a Mentor training program for University students who wish to pursue a career working with youth in the arts and in the community.  Mentors enrolled in Master’s programs (or final year of their Bachelor’s program) in Education, Social Work, Fine Arts, or similar fields are encouraged to apply. They will serve as leaders and mentors to the youth throughout the duration of the program. They will be under the guidance and mentorship of Senior Mentor Professional Artist Educators leading the project.

Students will receive a certificate of completion issued by York University TD Community Engagement Centre and Voice of Purpose.

The Creative Lab is presented by Voice of Purpose in partnership with York University TD Community Engagement Centre, North York Arts, and Nia Centre for the Arts, and is funded by the Ontario Arts Council.


Highschool Students

This program is for Students who are artists, poets, or dancers in their final year of high school, and are actively seeking an answer to the question “what’s my purpose?”. This program was created to be a space of exploration for creative minds to get grounded, inspired, and focused on what matters to them most in the now, and for the future. Students will receive mentorship from artists who are seniors in University, while growing in artistic and personal development under the guidance of seasoned professional artists.

There is no cost for the program, however spaces are very limited. If you are interested, apply now. 

Deadline to register is September 24th, 2018.

To apply to be a Participant in The Creative Lab  please register here.

University Students

This program is for Senior level Bachelor’s or Master’s-level students who are artists, poets, or dancers interested in a career in arts-education, community work, and working with youth. This program was created to be an opportunity for experiential education and employment for those interested in pursuing a career that incorporates the arts, social justice, equity, and well-being while engaging with authenticity and purpose. Must have a passion for growth, self-development, community-development, and making a positive impact on the world.

This is a paid training opportunity.  Deadline to register is September 25th, 2018. 5PM EST

To apply to be a Mentor with The Creative Lab  please submit your resume and cover letter with a complete application here. 


Dates: October 12-14, 2018

Times: 3 days, 9am-8pm

Cost: Free

Location: York University

Meals will be provided.

TTC Tokens are available.

Spaces are limited.

If you are interested in reserving spots for your school or if you would like to nominate a student who could benefit from this type of opportunity, please email us at:

If you are a Grade 12 student and would like to be a participant please CLICK HERE, and apply by September 24, 2018. 11:59PM

If you are a University Student and would like to be a mentor please CLICK HERE, and apply for a position by September 25, 2018. 5PM





Voice of Purpose

York University TD Community Engagement Centre

North York Arts

Nia Centre for the Arts