How does my purchase help end the cycle of poverty?
Jubilee’s mission is to offer meaningful employment to homeless and street-involved youth while equipping them for future employment. Purchasing our goods and services (workshops) from Jubilee designs helps us continue pay our youth staff fair hourly wages while working in an positive work environment to boost their confidence in the workplace and offer workshops to improve employability skills.
Who are the products made by? Who leads the workshops?
All products are made by youth in the Studio Artist position.
Our workshops are also taught by youth who are showing consistency in the Studio Artist position. Teaching others is a great confidence boost for youth who are working towards success
Who is involved in Jubilee Designs?
Jubilee Designs is operated under the umbrella of The Yonge Street Mission’s Evergreen Centre for Street Youth. There are two staff at Evergreen that directly oversee Jubilee Designs:
The Jubilee Designs Marketing & Administration Coordinator, who oversee day-to-day operations and supervision of the youth employees.
Jubilee Creative Coordinator / Evergreen Arts Worker, who assists the Marketing and Administration Coordinator to hire and train youth and runs the drop-in art program at Evergreen.
Jubilee Designs also has three youth positions available:
Studio Artists, who work in the production of all products made and sold by Jubilee Designs
Studio Instructors, who are Studio Artists that have been trained to lead the workshops offered by Jubilee Designs.
Assistant Business Coordinator, who works with the Marketing and Administration Coordinator on behind the scenes business related activities.
Where does the name Jubilee Designs come from?
The name of Jubilee Designs is inspired by the Ancient Hebrew principle of poverty reduction, whereby slaves were meant to be freed and land returned to original owners every 49 years. It is a celebration of the redistribution of wealth in a way that is dignifying and fair.
What supports do you offer the youth employees?
Jubilee Designs is unique in our approach to providing street involved youth with employment. Since we are based out of Evergreen Centre for Street Youth, we are able to provide our employees with access to many services they would otherwise not have. Nutritious lunches are prepared on site, a healthcare centre offers low barrier access to doctors, dentists, psychiatrists and more, housing workers are available and there is a counsellor for anyone who wants to speak with someone.
We build relationships with many of the 100-200 youth that visit Evergreen daily, and from this place of trust, we are able to give them their first positive workplace experience. We support them by providing short (2 to 6 hour) shifts, allowing breaks if needed, training one-to-one and in small groups, and allowing for flexible work schedules. We strive to foster an environment where no youth is afraid or ashamed to ask for help when needed. As their skills and self-confidence levels rise, many begin to take on greater challenges and move toward a place of readiness for outside employment.
Does Jubilee Designs have any partners?
We have received generous support from several organizations in the short span of time since Jubilee Designs was created. Alongside our primary funding partner, the Toronto Enterprise Fund, we have also received financial support from Pulp Reclaimed Materials Art & Design. The Reliable Corporation provided an in-kind donation of a leather sewing machine, and the University Consulting Group donated their time to conduct market research and design the initial business plan.
How can myself or my business donate to Jubilee Designs?
Jubilee Designs accepts donations of materials, equipment and finances. For more information on how to donate please check out Donations Page.
What is it like to attend a workshop? What can I expect?
The personal experience for our workshops guests is a unique opportunity for larger groups to interact personally with homeless and at-risk youth who lead the workshop.
Upon arriving at Evergreen, guests are greeted at the door by one of the youth staff and directed upstairs to the mezzanine, where the workshop will take place. Aprons and name tags are handed out as introductions are made. A short ice breaker gets everyone in the mood for a fun collaborative afternoon.
The youth instructors then explain the behind the scenes process in the production of our ready-made screens, how to make your own design and finally, how to print that design onto your desired item!
Let the creativity begin! Guests may now start choosing or creating designs to print. In pairs, everyone does a few practice prints before starting to make their final items. Throughout the workshop, the youth instructors are there to answer any questions, provide a helping hand, and generally direct the flow of the event.
Not only, do guests have the opportunity to interact personally with homeless and at-risk youth in a creative way, they also get a tour of Evergreen’s facilities included in the experience.
Can we book our workshop in the morning?
At this time, we are only taking bookings for afternoon time slots.
What is included in the workshop booking fee?
The workshop fee includes; 2 hours workshop with 2-3 youth instructors, Selection of designs from our ready-made designs, as well as instructions on making your own design, 1 item (tee/tote/onesie) for each participant to print on. Guest may also bring items from home to print or, or purchase extra items available on the workshop day, All paint and supplies to print onto as many items as are doable during the workshop.
At this time we are only offering one workshop/day. If your group is really large, we could split the group in two and have the second workshop on another day.
My group is really big! Can I book two simultaneous workshops, or two back-to-back workshops on the same day?
What Age range are the workshops for?
Kids 12 and up and adults would probably enjoy the workshop the most. Younger kids tend to get bored and run off looking for adventure!
If your group does have kids attending, each one under the age of 12 would need to have an adult accompanying them throughout the afternoon. Also, note that silk screening can get messy and that becomes even messier with kids around.