Personal development – Life skills – Empowerment
Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP) is Saskatoon’s leading organization for youth employment engagement, free art studio access, art workshops and gallery space for emerging artists.
SCYAP Inc. is a charitable and non-profit organization that helps youth at risk through arts and cultural programming, and provides inclusive art drop-in programs, art workshops and classes with trained instructors.
SCYAP was established in 2001 by Darrell B. Lechman, to offer street-level, youth-centred solutions to crime, unemployment and youth homelessness by using our youth’s artistic interest and inclination as a tool to personal development and redirection towards a healthier, happier and more productive life.
We’ve since expanded our service model to include programming that is accessed by children and adults of all socio-economic standing.
One of SCYAP’s principal goals is to foster acceptance, integration and equality within the Saskatoon community by carrying out collaborative projects with different sectors, such as business, government, social and health services, and promoting inclusiveness and diverse cultural expression in classes, workshops and presentations.
SCYAP’s programs give youth the opportunity to make a connection with the wider community and earn the recognition and confidence that comes with it.
Our dream is to give young people hope and the tools to succeed.
Board of Directors
SCYAP is guided by a board of directors who are professionals in the fields of law concerning Aboriginal issues, community development, corrections and the development of youth employment and business skills.
Entrepreneur and retired Government of Saskatchewan community program consultant
Saskatoon City Councillor
Correctional Service of Canada
Lawyer, Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission
Youth outreach worker, Saskatchewan Health Authority