Thanks to a $12,000 grant from TELUS, MOSAIC’s Newcomer Youth Popular Theatre program (NuYu) will continue to engage immigrant and refugee youth with enhanced programming in Metro Vancouver.
“We are very glad that the NuYu program is continuously acknowledged by the community,” stated Yumi Onozawa, Manager of Youth Programs. “James Wright, the representative from Telus, used to be an actor; our conversation flourished around the importance of acting as a tool to convey our emotions and feelings.”
NuYu uses popular theatre methodology as a tool to engage youth to share the challenges they face during their settlement process. During the course of the program, youth create scenes which reflect real-life situations around issues such as racism, isolation and bullying. The scenes are then shared at community forums where audience members are given the opportunity to provide solutions to the challenges presented.
Through theatre exercises and games in MOSAIC’s NuYu program, participants gradually create scenes which reflect their personal life challenges. The program creates a space for youth to collectively come up with positive solutions to the challenges presented in the scenes by their peers. To learn more, please visit mosaicbc.org/nuyu.