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July 15, 2008
Scene Change youth mentoring program presents a Victorian Extravaganza, July 26 and 27 at Scarborough Historical Museum
  
Broad gestures, fake mustaches, a damsel in distress-all the clichés of a classic Victorian Extravaganza, will be present and accounted for on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27 from noon to 5 p.m., when the Scarborough Historical Museum mounts its annual variety show produced by Scene Change, a youth mentorship program initiated by this City of Toronto museum.

The Scarborough Historical Museum has created and supported many innovative youth mentoring programs in the Scarborough area. These programs develop employment and life skills designed to build confidence in a creative environment. Scene Change is a visual and performing arts program that recruits teen volunteers from local communities such as Kennedy Park, Bendale and Scarborough Village, who complete a four-month training cycle then go on to mentor the next group of participants. The success rate has been very high for this “train-the-trainer” style program.

“Our youth mentoring programs have grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade,” says Museum Curator, Madeleine Callaghan. “It’s a win-win situation for the museum and for young people in the Scarborough community. Participants develop employment skills and get a chance to explore their talents, while the museum benefits from the energy and positive spirit the youth bring to our programs.”

Scene Change has guided approximately 70 teens over the last four years. Mentor groups develop a sense of empowerment by shaping their own projects and group activities once senior staff have approved them for development. The museum provides an inspiring historic setting and a creative environment for these volunteers and their youth mentors.

"This program has truly been a great experience. I've learned skills that will help, not only with volunteering at the museum, but with my future as well," said Youth Mentor, Julia Thayer.

During the weekend, the music of Gilbert and Sullivan will be performed, followed by sing-alongs. Outside, in the open air theatre, an original musical will be presented, alternating with an 1814 melodrama, “The Maid and the Magpie,” by Isaac Pocock. Visitors are welcome to tour the historic museum.

Scarborough Historical Museum is located in Thomson Memorial Park on the east side of Brimley Rd., just north of Lawrence Ave. Call 416-338-8807, email shm@toronto.ca or visit http://www.toronto.ca/museums. Admission is pay-as-you-can.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Kim Corby, Museums Services, 416-338-0497, kcorby@toronto.ca


 

 

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