Artistic Altruism: How 3 Arts Non-Profits Empower Youth Creatives


INKspire’s mission is to elevate youth voices in mainstream media through writing and interactive projects. The organization hosts its own publishing platform with over 800 articles from 300+ contributors. INKspire provides youth a platform to explore topics like art, culture, science, technology and social issues. 

The organization is always creating new spaces for youth to strengthen their writing skills. INKspire hosts ‘Write to Discover’, a series of free online workshops led by an emerging artist. Each session covers a different writing style, including short stories, poetry, screenwriting, and playwriting. There are many more excellent opportunities at INKspire, read about them at


Stay Woke 

Stay Woke is encouraging a culture of social awareness through creativity. The non-profit amplifies youths’ voices through a variety of initiatives. One of these channels is ‘Framed’, a digital multimedia magazine that shares youths’ creative work. For those who prefer spoken word, check out the ‘Get Out of My Head’ podcast to hear raw conversations with youth creatives.

Stay Woke is creating a community of innovative youth change-makers. Based in the Greater Toronto Area, the organization holds a variety of events to bring people together. Annually, they hold their ‘Signature Open-Mic & Gallery’ to support local artists. If you are interested in getting involved with Stay Woke, go to


Ink Movement 

Ink Movement focuses on promoting creative expression amongst Canadian youth. Unfortunately, there are very few opportunities for students to explore passions like art, writing, and photography. Ink Movement seeks to bridge this gap by creating innovative experiential arts programming. Currently, they have reached over 1500 youth across Canada.  

Ink Movement uses its platform to highlight youth artists. The organization prides itself on celebrating young talent and helping creatives accomplish their goals. They have published eight print books of youth prose, poetry, and photography. To learn more about Ink Movement, go to