Aren't born


We provide leadership development opportunities through arts-based education to children and youth in underserved communities across Canada.

Children and youth from underserved communities face a lack of opportunities to develop essential skills for future success.

DAREarts students are selected by teachers and principals as the students who would benefit from the opportunity the most; these are students who are facing barriers associated with poverty, food insecurity, bullying, social isolation, and violence – these are students who need a turning point in their life.

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We’ve got lots of ways you can connect and create with us in your classroom and at home.

60+ Schools Participating
1000 Students Per Year
20,000 Lives Changed

7 communities
across Canada

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We See Leaders Everywhere

Instead of focusing on young people that have already demonstrated their leadership capacity, we see our programs as a critical intervention for children and youth who may never consider themselves as leaders without our support.

We believe leaders aren’t born, they’re grown. We create a learning environment where participants can develop the skills, behaviors and confidence they need to see themselves as capable of making positive change in their own lives and in their communities.

what we've achieved

With the help of our donors and your support.

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Delenn’s Story

I first heard about DAREarts from a friend who was in the program. She invited me to her showcase. I was so blown away by the performances, from the dances…

Samira’s Story

For most of my life I spent it worrying about what people would say or think about me, and worrying that I’m not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough. I…

Eric’s Story

My Indian name is “Keeshigoong kanodagoozich kanakamoooch”, which means “where you can hear a person singing through the sky” I grew up in an isolated reserve where I felt trapped…

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