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Is Supporting Youth (ages 15-29) Important to You? Paid PD Opportunity for Teaching Artists!

Image of Teaching Artist and Social Worker Alyssa Kuzmarov

ELAN’s ArtEd team is excited to announce our participation in year 2 of a 3-year Youth Mental Health Initiative! The goal of the project is:

“ to improve access to mental health resources and services for young English-speaking Quebecers ages 15 -29 in order to better meet their needs, especially those exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Artists working with youth ages 15 – 29 are invited to participate in ELAN ArtEd learning communities facilitated by Teaching Artist and Social Worker Alyssa Kuzmarov. As Alyssa writes,

“… As Teaching Artists we are often alone, carrying deep emotional experiences the youth share with us, or dealing with conflicts or complicated group dynamics. This is a very meaningful part of our work and yet it is vital to have a space to process those experiences, and to explore enhanced ways of responding to youth. These workshops create a community for Teaching Artists so that we can support each other to learn and grow in our work with youth and as artists.”

Criteria for Interested Artists:

  • You are working with youth ages 15 – 29 between November 2022 and March 2023
  • Your interaction with youth may be one-on-one (lessons, mentoring, coaching, etc.) or group settings (community, education, work, etc.).
  • You have reviewed the Guide to Supporting Youth Mental Health in and through the Arts and are interested in the subject matter.


  • Payment at a minimum of $75/hour will include preparatory readings, 4 or 5 interactive zoom sessions and submission of feedback for reporting purposes.

How it will work:

Learning Communities: Artists will participate in 4-5 learning community sessions facilitated by Alyssa Kuzmarov. Sessions will focus on sharing experiences and developing knowledge and skills. These 1.5-2-hour sessions will take place roughly once a month from November 2022 to March 2023.

Interested? Please complete this form by October 18th at 5 p.m. We will contact you regarding participation. Please contact Louise Campbell at mlouisecampbell@gmail.com for details.

This project is funded by the Fondation Lucie & André Chagnon and the Government of Quebec’s Secretariat à la Jeunesse, and managed by the Community Health & Social Services Network (CHSSN).