Youth Advocacy Through Arts
YATA is the social arts arm of Vertical, founded by Joseph Stamp, and the initiative with our department to gather young people from the southside who are talented or have an interest in theatre, and to offer a positive platform for expression using theatrical performance. YATA seeks to use the arts as a tool for healing traumatic experiences by allowing the participants to explore the pain associated to their past hurts. Young participants who wish to be involved also take part in workshops focused on theatre performance training and script development. They are also casted in social productions that explore various social problems like crime and sexual violence associated to youth.
Apart from theatre, YATA also offers classes in dance, music, and arts and craft.
Mission: “To use the arts as a means of self-development, promoting progressive and productive behaviour among youth and the wider community within Belize City.”