In 2021, the Performing Arts Division at the City of Brampton launched its inaugural Black and Indigenous Youth Internship and Co-Op Program, generously supported by Algoma University. The first of its kind in Canada, the program is designed by, for, and with Black and Indigenous students, and guided by an incredible team of Black and Indigenous lead mentors and professional artists.

Over the past three months, the first cohort of five students activated the program with lead mentors Cameron Grant, Brampton-based actor, educator, and theatre creator; Angela Boyer, poet, public speaker, and Indigenous arts and culture advocate; and Deneille R. Walters, education design and technology consultant; and Performing Arts staff. Participants worked on a uniquely virtual pilot project to design the program’s framework for years to come.

"I've learned through art everyone has a place that can allow them to express and represent themselves. This was an experience I definitely won't forget and will carry with me forever." 
- Sharica Brown, grade 11 student, 2021 cohort


The program aims to celebrate and elevate Black and Indigenous youth, increase cultural understanding, provide opportunities for professional development, and prepare students for future leadership positions and careers in the live performance industry.

Aligned with City of Brampton priorities:

2021 Areas of Focus

  • Ideation, creative and critical thinking
  • Team work, collaboration, collective creation
  • Independent research, writing, oral presentation
  • Program design and planning 

Program Launch

On June 5 at 1:00 p.m. (EST), we celebrated the work and culmination of the 2021 cohort, and official launch of the program's framework. Attendees joined Performing Arts staff, lead mentors, and guest artists for a virtual presentation to learn more about the 2021 pilot program, the students' roles as program designers, and how to get involved. Thank you for helping us shape the future of the program by sharing your feedback, suggestions, and advice.

Watch the full presentation here.

2021 Cohort

  • Keegan Addai (intern)
  • Sharica Brown (co-op)
  • Aidan Dahl (co-op)
  • Shamoy Thompson (co-op)
  • Gabriel St-Cyr (co-op)

Lead Mentors

How to Apply

Stay tuned for more updates on the 2022 program!

One (1) paid internship spot, open to university and college applicants, and four (4) co-op spots, open to high-school applicants, will be available.

Program illustrations by Sharica Brown, 2021 cohort
Program identifier "Dare to Dream" by 2021 cohort, collaborative design


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