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Literacy On Its Feet Fall Program Full!

Our fall drama workshop program is now full. We are accepting names for our waitlist. Led by local performer Jenny Parsons, sessions begin on Thursday, October 5th, 4 pm. No cost. Thanks to all registrants – see you then!

To find out more about this program, please see the LOIF Information Sheet and also the Application Form For Participants if you’d like to be added to the waitlist. We’re also accepting submissions for Adult Leaders and Teen Volunteers to assist at these workshops.

Twisted Mystery Fundraiser, Oct. 27th

South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council presents:

Twisted Mystery

Ima Gabbler’s infamous little red book is missing… and that’s dynamite for the members of New York’s glittering, glamorous Algonquin Round Table .

Join them for a murder … wrapped in a mystery—20s style!

Friday October 27, 2017, 7pm-9pm at Jest Arts Studio, 148-1 Garafraxa St. North, Durham

Tickets $25, includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.

Contact or 519.364.0008

SGBYLC Fall Activities, 2017

Free one-on-one tutoring with screened, trained volunteers for children and youth 6-18. Applications for learners are available online or contact our office for more details.

Free fall improv drama program begins Tuesday, September 19th, for 8 weeks. Registration forms for participants are available online.  Hanover, Durham Location TBD – call for details.

Save the date for our fall twisted mystery fundraiser, Friday, October 27th, 7-9 pm. Location TBD.

The scene: the Algonquin Hotel, New York, 1920. Writers, agents and hangers-on gather for a glamorous evening – mayhem ensues! Solve puzzles and interview suspects, enjoy good eats and help raise funds for Youth Literacy.

For information, email, or contact Kimm at 519.364.0008.

9th Annual Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest for Youth – Silence

In partnership with Words Aloud we’re pleased to announce our 9th Annual Youth Writing Competition – the theme this year is “Silence”. The deadline for entry is October 28th, 2016. Click on the poster below for more information or download the entry form and rules.

The young visual artists can design a “Silence” themed bookmark and enter our second Children and Youth Bookmark Contest! There will be two categories, junior (ages 6-12) and senior (13-18) and the deadline for entry is October 28th, 2016. Download the contest template and rules for more information.


Fall Drama Workshops

Drama Workshops
If you’re 8-17 years old and like performing,we want you!

You get:

  • 8 free improv workshops led by an experienced performer
  • improv and presentation skills
  • a chance to perform in front of an audience

8 weeks

4:00—5:00/5:30 pm
JEST Arts Club
148 Garafraxa St N, Durham

Terms start every 8 weeks – next session starts September 12

If you’re in Grade 8+, check out our sessions at JDSS in Hanover.

The Instructorjennyparsons
Jenny Parsons is a respected local performing and visual artist and director. Jenny co-wrote and performed in six original revues at Toronto’s Second City, one of an internationally respected collection of improv theatres.

On TV, she has appeared on Wingin’ It and her movie credits including Hairspray , Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and Pushing Tin. She and partner Steve Morel are creators of the the Oddville Stage Company, produced the feature film, The Oddville Picture Show. They created and performed Ghosts of Grey County with student and volunteer workshop participants for the Family Program of the Words Aloud festival in 2015, and host a variety of area fundraisers and special events. Jenny has her Ontario Teachers’ certification and is also an activist and writer in West Grey.

Jenny is joined by screened and trained adult and teen volunteers to support participants in these sessions.