PACT program updates

PACTCooking (Introductory & Intermediate)
Location: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street in the lower level Sketch program area

Introductory Level: A delicious 8-week culinary trip around the world. Youth get an introduction to the kitchen and learn basic knife skills, kitchen safety, and introductory culinary techniques while working together to create a healthy affordable meal for the group and periodic guests such as funders each week. The program promotes cultural awareness, diversity and inclusiveness by exploring different international cuisines and regions of the world through food. Youth in the intro program also get volunteer hours and learn the importance of giving back by making extra food each class to be donated to a feeding program for seniors in the community.

Intermediate Level: For youth with some existing kitchen/cooking experience or building on the foundational skills they have obtained in the introductory PACTCooking project, the intermediate program will take things to the next level but also in a way back to the basics with more of a focus on knife skills and the use of advanced kitchen utensils, equipment and methods. Participants will become more independent, creative and confident in the kitchen as a whole.  Weekly classes will teach youth how to make more involved menus that include such things as fresh pasta and baking as well as learning about the importance of the Mother Sauces as the basis of so many dishes.
Next start dates:

Introductory Level Start date: Monday Jan 22th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
Duration: Mondays from 5:00pm-7:30pm for 8 weeks
Download the printable flyer HERE.

Intermediate Level Start date: Thursday Feb 8th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
Duration: Thursdays from 5:00pm-7:30pm for 8 weeks
Download the printable flyer HERE

Location: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street in the lower level Sketch program area

Over eight weeks, PACTFilm takes youth through the end to end film making process from initial concept to screening. Working in small groups, they brainstorm, write, storyboard, shoot and edit short PSAs from a youth perspective about issues that impact themselves and/or their communities. Each program session is now able to support multiple film crews and simultaneous productions and each youth is provided with their own laptop for editing; adding a new and valuable level of hands-on and technical experience for each participant. 

Next start date: Monday, TBD, 2018 @ 5pm
Duration: Mondays from 5pm-7pm for 8 weeks
Download the printable flyer HERE.

PACTBuild (16+)
Location: 101 Portland St, South Etobicoke

PACTBuild is a practical hands-on, painting and wall finishing program for at-risk and underserved youth (16-21) across the Greater Toronto Area. Running out of a real world workshop, youth of all skill levels gain valuable and marketable job training and life kills experience including teamwork, time management and self-discipline. After completing a minimum eight week session, each dedicated participant  should be capable of repairing, painting or otherwise finishing any wall with professional results.

Next start date: Sat Jan 20th, 2018 
Duration: Saturdays from 10am-3pm for 8 weeks (youth are welcome to attend for multiple sessions until they are job ready)
Download the printable flyer HERE.





Location: 101 Portland St., South Etobicoke

Students quickly learn how to play a cover song on their instrument of choice before moving on to writing their own song. This project culminates in a community performance and graduation concert.

Next start date: Sun Jan 21st, 2018 @ 12:30pm
Duration: Sundays from 12:30pm-5pm for 8 weeks
Download the printable flyer HERE.





Once a referral has been made, the youth or their parent/guardian will be contacted with a welcome call to confirm attendance and answer any questions prior to the start date. 




To register for any PACT program, please call or email Andrea Black at 647 967-9991 or and include:

  1. Name of Life & Job Skills project and start date
  2. Name and Contact information for the referral agent of record (if applicable) or if self referring how did you hear about PACT?
  3. Full name, age, gender identity, school and contact info (home, cell and email) of youth
  4. Parent/Guardian Name (if youth under 18) and contact telephone and email
  5. Any additional special instructions or important info we should have

Please note that PACT will always track attendance and hours for all participants and this information can be provided upon request in the form of a PACT Completion Certificate.



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