Students to host Eclipse Art Market and Music Festival to benefit local charity


High school students continue project through support of ACCESS, plan to host event and raise money for the community

At YMAD 6, the latest edition of ACCESS' annual Youth Making a Difference Conference, high school students were challenged to create solutions to social issues within their local community. The ACCESS team selected 3 student projects, all of which were developed from scratch during the one-day conference, to support and be executed in their schools. The groups received funds and mentorship from ACCESS to develop and fully implement their projects in the 2013-2014 school year – in one case, even continuing into the 2014-2015 year.

One of the student participants, Camilla, created unique illustrations to customize items (coffee cups, mugs, shirts) which then used to raise funds and awareness by her peers  in The Givers, a student group created at YMAD 6 from St. Edmund Campion Secondary School.

This project has evolved with the ongoing support of their dedicated teachers including Mr. Manuel Cordeiro and school Guidance Department's Mr. Weatherbee, and an event is being held to showcase and raise funds for charity.

The Eclipse Art and Music Festival will be held on Saturday, February 28 from 10 am – 3 pm. The Talent Show will take place from 12 pm – 2 pm. Live Art and Music and an Art Market will feature shirts, buttons, paintings, prints stickers and more, to support the cause. Tickets are on sale for $5 at the door.


All proceeds being donated to Knights Table – a local non-profit providing food bank, hot meals and related assistance to citizens of Peel Region who deal with the daily issues of poverty. The students have chosen to utilize their project funding from ACCESS to raise additional funds to give right back to the community.

ACCESS' annual Youth Making a Difference Conference received a Social Good Design Award for YMAD6.