Written by Colin Withers on December 19, 2014
in Giving Back

Ariad Gives Back

To celebrate Ariad’s 25th anniversary, we have given away $25,000 to ten different charitiesAriadites were divided into ten teams who worked together to independently choose a charity that would receive $2,500.The charities are all Toronto-based, and are small enough to see their $2,500 donation have a real impact on their mission. In these posts, we will highlight each charity to share their story and show why they were selected by our team.

SKETCH

SKETCH is entering its 19th year of providing creative training initiatives for street-involved, homeless and at-risk youth. Their model of youth engagement enhances both practical and transferrable skills, while serving as a conduit for increased wellbeing and social and civic participation. Participants have endorsed the SKETCH model as an effective and life-affirming approach to surmounting the constraints and stigma of poverty, homelessness and marginalization.

SKETCH engages the surrounding community to recognize the severity of homelessness, while promoting the talents and capacities of the young people who survive it.  We provide opportunities for youth to engage in cultural and artistic expression through job projects, public arts exhibitions, performances, seminars and special events.

SKETCH creates opportunities for young people (ages 16 to 29) living street involved, homeless or otherwise on the margins, to experience the transformative power of the arts; to build leadership and economic self-sufficiency in the arts; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts. They are at the forefront of a movement where young people, free from barriers, are celebrated and engaged as culture makers, perception changers and collaborators in building creative community.

Ariad is proud to support SKETCH and other local charities through our 25th anniversary Ariad Gives Back charity drive.

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Colin Withers is the Brand & Communications Manager at Ariad Communications.

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