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Our exciting annual event is held to support and empower youth who express their talents through different art forms.

Youth showcase their skills and creativity in different types of contemporary and urban expression such as poetry and spoken word, hip hop dance, digital and acoustic music, while experiencing different styles of international cuisine.

Throughout the year, discipline is acquired through rigorous rehearsals and workshops led by some of Saskatoon’s best professional artists.


Annual Digital Storytelling Screening

In the course of the year, under the mentorship of seasoned professional videographers, newcomer and First Nations youth create short autobiographical documentary-style films. This program is a partnership between the Saskatoon Open Door Society and the Core Neighborhood Youth Co-op.

Each spring, the youth present their films to their friends, families and the public during an evening screening held the Broadway Theatre.  Following the screening, a short ceremony is held during which certificates are awarded to participating youth and a complimentary buffet of international foods is served.

Over the years, the Yorkton Film Festival has selected some of the best productions from our program to be featured at their festival in May.


Voice of Youth Leadership Summit

High school youth from various secondary schools in Saskatoon have been proudly organizing and hosting this daylong conference for over a decade with the support of our youth program facilitators.

The conference is designed to provide immigrant/refugee, Indigenous and mainstream Canadian youth with an opportunity to address the issues they face, through a dialogue with influential local decision-makers. Throughout the day, students join different breakout groups to engage with community leaders such as the Mayor of Saskatoon or senior managers of various local school boards. The discussions revolve around topics they have chosen, such as addictions, community concerns, social justice, social media, employment and education. The community leaders then form a panel and the entire assembly of youth have the opportunity to ask them challenging questions.  

Our objective is to have decision makers, by meeting with Saskatchewan’s youth, acknowledge our youth’s ideas, opinions, and concerns and to have their thinking influence future policy development. 

Last year’s summit was the 11th edition and was organized in collaboration with the Students Commission of Canada and several community partners.