About Us

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The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is a national charitable organization that uses its unique arts for collective impact model to enable underserved youth to use creativity to change their lives and their communities. To that end, we work with arts organizations, the business sector, local organizations, government and other sectors of society to make a lasting difference in the lives of people across the country.

Through our programs, thousands of young people have been empowered to use the arts to build new solutions to pressing issues affecting them. These young leaders are proving that the arts can change lives and give hope to communities hit by such challenges as violent extremism, the disproportionate incarceration of minority youth, delinquency, violence and suicide. Learn about our impact here.

Our Co-Founders and Co-Chairs, Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean & Jean-Daniel Lafond remind us, Young people are one of Canada’s most precious resources. When given the opportunity, their ideas, their creativity and their capacity for innovation can have a transformative impact on our society.”