The HopeWorks Connection was established in Toronto in 2001 by Rev. Denise Gillard, to create positive programs and environments for at-risk youth in the Greater Toronto Area.
Recognizing the transformative power that the performing arts and academic success can have on young people, she was determined to generate positive programs as an alternative to the self-destructive behaviours she was seeing around her in the African-Canadian community.
Over a decade later, The HopeWorks Connection continues to provide enriching programming in marginalized communities throughout the G.T.A. The various programs offered build self-esteem, teach self-respect, foster self-discipline and promote the importance of community.
The HopeWorks Connection’s signature program is popularly known as TC3 – The Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company. This is an award-winning choir that attracts members from across the GTA. TC3’s unique repertoire of inspirational songs, as well as African/Caribbean dance and drumming provides a culturally-rich musical arts experience that takes place in an environment that nurtures a sense of extended family and community. TC3 has toured both nationally and internationally to great response and has performed both on television and in films. Our highest honour and claim to fame, relates to the fact that 90% of the members that stay in the choir complete high school and go on to receive a post-secondary education.
The success of TC3 led HopeWorks to develop specific workshops in African-Caribbean drumming and dance for the larger community. Run by TC3 staff, alumni and lead performers, these workshops have received rave reviews. With the development of workshops tailored for any age, audience, size or need, our clients have included schools, community organizations and corporations.
Other HopeWorks programs that run at different times through out the year include our popular Jazz Camp – a summer musical jazz band program, and R.Y.S.E. (Raising Youth To Serve and Empower) – a mentorship program for girls by girls.
Here at HopeWorks Connection, we recognize that often two heads are better then one. Partnering with like-mind organizations allows us to develop and implement more impactful programs for young people. Look at our list of programs to see our latest partnerships.