The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was developed in 2007 by youth-led organizations, funders and other partners to provide access to learning opportunities to enhance the work of young people, artists and youth-led groups. Through different strategies and in different spaces, young people are working to make change and to have an impact on communities across the city of Toronto.


To take this passion and commitment and channel it into a project, individuals or organizations require training, tools and supports that are not always available to emerging, youth-led groups. These free sessions provide and accessible safe learning space for young people to ask questions, receive support, and access the resources that matter to them.

Program Design

Brainstorm to Success

Have an idea for a great community program? Don’t know how to translate your idea into an actual program structure? Are you interested in learning what exactly goes into developing an impactful program that will really serve community?

Often we will have great ideas for programs to better our communities but wonder how to bring them to life. ArtReach’s Program Design Workshop gives participants the tools to design strong project or programs. In this interactive workshop, participants are guided through building their program from thinking about purpose, impact, accessibility, and being able to evaluate the impact their potential program might have on community. Tools and templates are provided to support participants in building on their program design and any future programs they may create.

project management

Bullet Journal

Are you running a community project or are involved with a larger organization? Want to take your project management skills to the next level? Are you interested in learning more about being certified as a project manager and how your current experience can be transferred?

Many of us have become project managers by default as we are thrust into the field through creation of projects for our communities, often with little formal training ourselves. The Project Management 101 workshop takes participants through the basics of Project Management, as referenced by the Project Management Institute. Participants are introduced to project management language and concepts as used in the project management field in order to be able to transfer their experience into the larger field of project management. Tools and templates are provided to support participants in running community projects more efficiently.

Financial Management


Are you running a community project or involved with a larger organization? Already an ace at event management, social media, or youth engagement, but run in the other direction when you have to deal with money? Want to know how to manage grant funding when it affects your taxes?

As artists and community planners we are fiercely dedicated to mastering our creative practice which sometimes tends to leave us putting our administrative and financial organization on the back burner. In this workshop we look at how to budget, keep track of finances and what records should be kept for taxes. We will look at what to claim for your taxes, which forms to fill out, and understanding how different sources of income (like receiving a grant) can impact taxes. Participants get hands-on time with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Google Sheets, supported by our expert facilitators who demonstrate how to get the most out of these powerful financial management tools!


Market Analysis

Are you running a project or program in your community? Do you want to better understand the reasons for and basics of evaluating your program? Wondering about the best ways to plan your evaluation activities to generate statistics and feedback about the effectiveness and success of your work?

Evaluation is an important, but sometimes overlooked part of our work in communities. Surveys, stories, art-based activities, and statistics are just some of the powerful evaluation tools we can use to measure the impacts of what we do. Used correctly, they demonstrate the benefits of our work to our communities, funders, and donors and help us better shape our programs into the future. In this interactive workshop we examine the process of evaluation and report writing, and explore creative strategies and tools for collecting and sharing the right data. This workshop looks into different ways of measuring the impacts and successes of their own programs using strategies which include theory of change, and using outcomes, outputs and indicators, all while learning to create effective evaluation tools.

self care

First aid kit

Taking care of yourself allows you to enjoy time with others while also sustaining yourself. Self-care is not selfish. It is being intentional in your day to reflect, nurture your body, remember your heart, grieve your sorrows, and attend to your daily needs.

Self-care is an invaluable, but often overlooked, part of the work we do in our communities. This workshop is designed for young people who want to develop personal strategies for taking care of themselves and their peers when running projects in their communities. Burning out; carrying unaddressed trauma; allowing our work lives to bleed over into our personal – too many of us accept these as inevitable. In this interactive session, we challenge these notions by exploring better ways to take care of ourselves and our communities. Facilitators share stories, tips, and both personal and general interactive strategies regarding how we can best do this important work.

grant writing 101

Office Desk

Are you a young artist or youth organizer? Have you been thinking about applying for funding for your projects but unsure of where to start?


In this session will dive into the basics of preparing a clear, concise, and effective grant application. We break down and explore the main components of an application including the proposal, work plan and budget; sharing tips on how to create a strong application that will also be useful to you in implementing a community project. Facilitators share strategies for identifying appropriate grants, building relationships with funders, and streamlining the writing process. Participants receive a digital resource of youth and arts funders.