The Windows to Opportunity (WTO) program supports the positive development of youth through mentorships with professional artists. This program is aimed at youth who identify as “Black” between the ages of 12 to 24. The WTO program provides hands-on learning in five different fields of study: computer graphics/animation, dance, event planning, media arts and stand-up comedy.
This WTO 28-week program is delivered from October to May in two- or three-hour modules. For technology-driven classes, students are required to use their own equipment, e.g. a suitable laptop or camera. All classes are taught by professionals in their respective field(s).
Please check our website’s EVENTS calendar and/or our Facebook page for more info. Space is limited, so please register in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “WTO.” Alternately, you may call us at 416-901-7720.
Monday – Wednesday; 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Admission: Free
Stand Up Comedy
This program helps you hone your craft while gaining an understanding of the Commercial side of the industry. Our program is comprised of seasoned, award winning mentors and professionals who are active in the comedy industry. You’ll learn Standup, improvisation, script writing, sketch comedy and all other aspects of the craft. In addition, this program offers further support though field trips to different comedy acts, guest speakers involved in the industry, comedy set visits and much much more.
This program provides a strong foundation in digital Photography and Film. Designed to build skills in art, design, creativity, communication and critical observation. This program prepares you for further education and a career paths in the multifaceted fields of Photography and Videography. You will experience hands-on learning under the guidance of working artists, attend field trips and photo walks all around the city and curate your own Gallery.
In our course, we are going to introduce the user to the basic level of each of the following Modules or Screen Tools using Blender 2.7. We will be learning the USER INTERFACE which as our main tool.
From poster designing to book launches, from planning the perfect event, or working behind the scenes to ensure performance events come together seamlessly, event and venue managers play a crucial role in the hospitality and entertainment industries. This course will focus on event planning, marketing, budgeting, contract negotiations, advertising and venue operations management, to give you all the tools you need to embark on rewarding careers in this field.
Finding Your Knack For Apps is a new addition to the WTO Program and a unique course designed for young black women and women of colour. Participants gain knowledge and skills in the areas of software design and mobile technology. The goal is for each participant to create innovative apps that help promote Afro-Caribbean culture as well as provide valuable services for the community at large. Students are introduced to the rudiments of technology, graphic design. social media marketing, data collection and data analysis. This app development course requires no coding. However, students learn the Glideapp online software in addition to building mathematical skills by using Google Sheets. Female participants feel empowered to explore tech careers, start their own businesses or continue their education
in science and technology.
OBJECTIVES & OUTCOMES
Understanding Mobile Technology & Industry
Learning Glideapp Online Software, Google Docs & Microsoft Office Excel
Developing Skills in Data Collection, Organization & Analysis
Practicing Graphic Design & Creative Design Processes
Understanding Social Media & Digital Marketing
Developing Critical Thinking, Technical & Project Management Skil
This class features a hip hop-based curriculum created and taught by Marcus Singleton. It begins with a created space where your voice is heard. Such spaces help students look at their lives, community and the world with a critical lens while learning about social justice through historic events. Within Singleton’s curriculum, mentees can creatively and artistically express what they might be going through academically or personally without judgement.