Maira Ribeiro Photography


OWN IT offers a safe, free and accessible space for youth identifying as female to grow into their talent and express their ideas. Working with professional artists and mentors, the young women in this program explore art forms that interest them, and contribute to their communities through exhibits and participation in community events.  

This program has served the Lawrence Heights community for two years, offering a space where young women ages 14-18 can come to connect, share, and explore their potential through artistic expression and community involvement. 

Maira Ribeiro Photography

"One of the greatest take-aways from this program has been the tremendous growth I have witnessed amongst many of the participants, in terms of their self esteem/self-value, interpersonal communication skills, and maturity."

- Wendy De Souza, Youth Mentor

Maira Ribeiro Photography

"It has been an honour and blessing to share space with such resilient and brave young women. Own It is more than a youth program, we are aiming to empower girls through creative entrepreneurship, and by helping them to build a portfolio of real life skills."

- Mia-Skye Sagara, Program Manager


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