The Art Journaling Group
The Art Journaling Group was a pilot project in August 2020 when youth were experiencing the effects of a COVID summer; they were bored, had nothing to do, could not go anywhere and be with their friends, and mental health concerns were becoming present in our youth. The inaugural Art Journaling Group was funded by the Telus Friendly Future Fund and was a 6-week curriculum-based program that was condensed into three weeks and offered in a virtual setting. At the end of this pilot project we had measurable decreases of distress in our youth participants and knew we had something worth developing further.
We are an in-person 8-week after-school program. Each week is a themed conversation around topics like consent, boundaries, what do healthy relationships look like, substance use/abuse and many other important topics of conversation for our youth to explore together guided by a facilitator. Each topic is paired with a corresponding art project that complements the topic.
Thanks in part to the generous sponsorship of Opus Art Supplies, ACCESS provides all the art supplies. The experienced facilitators guide the conversation within respectful boundaries, but allow youth to make supportive connections while creating art together.
Youth benefit from the process and experience of journaling, the connection to our program facilitators, the meditative art experience, and the opportunity to engage with peers in conversations that matter.
We are currently running Art Journaling After School groups in School District 43. If you are interested in hosting this group in your school, please contact our team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catch The Bus
Building a Better Community
The Bus provides warm blankets, hot cocoa and food items for youth in need. The Bus also provides resources & education on sexual health, substance abuse, where to get help, and a safe place for youth to connect and share their story.
On designated nights, The Bus meets with youth to provide guidance on how to create resumes and conduct job searches, as well as referrals for potential job opportunities with businesses in the Tri-Cities area.
Come and find us at Coquitlam Centre! Each Thursday and Friday, two ACCESS outreach workers can be found hanging out and providing outreach services, program information, beverages and more. See you at the mall!