We are a registered not-for-profit organization in Canada



How do we access youth? We find like-minded non-profits who support youth and who desire an arts program and we partner with them to help make their dream a reality. We spend time engaging with the youth and partner organization to identify the type of program they wish to create. 


  • Our first project was launched in 2018 in northern Haiti with Streethearts Haiti's former street youth

  • We are currently seeking a non-profit to partner with for the launch of our second program for girls


We also spend time utilizing asset based community development practices to leverage the incredible local opportunities and strengths that can be leveraged to create the program. Community asset mapping and capacity studies help us realize art mediums and art sales oppotunities in the community. Our priority is to hire locally and buy locally, when we can at the project location. 



Streethearts Haiti

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Streethearts Haiti's mission is to end the population of homeless youth in Haiti and throughout the Caribbean. They are home to a long term safe house for former male street youth in Cap, where the Haiti art program takes place. They are a registered charity in the USA and their staff are based locally in Haiti.



dance to save lives

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At Dance To Save Lives, we provide kids in need the necessary resources to keep them off the streets. We train them in Haitian folkloric and modern dance forms. The students are immersed into the world of dance, allowing them to learn what it takes to be a professional performing artist, choreographer and/or dance Instructor.  We maximize the potential of our youth by exposing them to the rich traditional and contemporary aspects of Haitian culture through the lens of the performing arts. 


Featured in the BBC & The Haiti Times




Jessie Atkins

Executive Director & Founder

Jess leads up SAI and manages the Haiti arts program. Her work in Cap-haïtien, Haiti began during her MA in Global Leadership from Royal Roads University, which she completed in 2018. She received several awards for her work in Haiti: RRU Chancellor's Award; Irving Barber One World Scholarship; and the Eric C. Douglass Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship, which was awarded to kickstart Street Arts International. Over the past 15 years, Jess has first-hand experience as a Board of Directors member for Solidarity in Action Inc and has worked in international education, helping institutions grow globally. She has helped Canadian universities and companies grow their international development and international education partnerships, and now manages partnerships for ApplyProof. A true painter at heart and strong advocate for mental health, Jess knows the importance of utilizing arts based programming as a positive outlet. Jess' favourite art medium is acrylic paint. 


Christine de Rocquigny

Board of Directors

Christine de Rocquigny is an Account Manager with guard.me international insurance one of Canada’s fastest growing companies. She is graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and continued her studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh where she graduated cum laude with a BSc in Exercise science on a hockey scholarship. After a successful collegiate career Christine returned to Canada and started her career in international education first as a student recruiter and then as Director of Admissions at Balmoral Hall School.  In addition to traveling, she enjoys reading, playing sports and cooking as hobbies. She currently resides in East St. Paul, MB with her husband Mitch and their daughter Alice and they enjoy traveling together.

Christine believes every child deserves to have someone believe in and wants to help empower youth to find their path in life by introducing art programs to encourage creativity and self expression.


Janis McCahill

Board of Directors

Janis is a retired teacher, life skills coach and librarian. She spends her time as a genealogy and local history researcher. Janis is an avid reader and is very interested in history and international development.
Janis has been involved in many community based organizations: past president of a non-profit co-operative nursery school, founding member of a local food bank, past chairman of the Committee of Adjustment, Town of Forest, past board member Forest Lambton Museum and founding and current member of The Friends of Forest’s Disappeared Cemeteries. Involvement in these organizations has given her experience in public and community relations, experience as a spokesperson and managing fund raising events.
She has a strong interest in art and has experience with the following mediums: painting, stained glass, sewing, beadwork, needlework and jewelry making.

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Maureen Souply

Board of Directors

Maureen Souply has worked in the education and post-secondary fields for nearly 15 years. She has worked primarily with adult literacy learners, immigrants, and refugees as a mentor, instructor, curriculum developer, and leader. Maureen has served on numerous boards and committees in various roles. She has served as Treasurer and Secretary for AIMGA (Alberta International Medical Graduate Association), on the Bow Valley College Board of Governors, and was President of ATESL (Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language) for three years, among many other commitments in board governance. Maureen has volunteered with numerous not for profit organizations in her career including ATESL, the Immigrant Youth Outreach Project, and the Bert Foster Fund Campaign. Currently, Maureen works in International Development as the Teaching and Learning Consultant at Bow Valley College. She has an honours Bachelor Degree from Brock University and is currently pursuing an MA at Royal Roads University. She is from St. Catharines Ontario and currently lives in Calgary. 


Cristovao Smart-Carvalho 

Board of Directors

Cristovao Carvalho’s educational background is in Kinesiology and Recreation management; completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Manitoba. He has spent the majority of his professional career in sales, working as a regional sales and operations manager; during that time he has developed skills in business management, partnership development and operations.

Cristovao values his family and friends immensely, is an open minded person always willing to help and genuinely sees the value in international growth and making a difference in the lives not only around him but any where he can.

He has travelled extensively and exploring new cultures and learning about the many different ways of life around the world is a strong passion of his. Cristovao is currently furthering his education in the aviation field where he hopes to develop a career as an international pilot.


Floumans Rolando Delphin

Haiti Arts Program Teacher

Floumans Rolando Delphin was born on November 8, 1996 in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He was born in a small town in Capoise called Champin, where he will spend most of his childhood.

 At the age of 8 he began to draw on pieces of paper at home. Impressed by his works, his supporters helped him take art classes which now allow him to teach art for our Haiti art program, which we provide to Streethearts Haiti's youth who live at their safe house. 

In 2014, Floumans began to have a taste for videography and he began to make some edits on his phone, such was his only material. In 2016, he completed private training in videography by Jeff Peterson Duverna with whom he continues to collaborate. Having recently completed his classical studies, he is focused now on expanding his knowledge in the field of arts and audiovisual. Floumans not only provides art education to the boys in our Haiti art program, but he is a mentor and role model, guiding them to build confidence, identity, and positive outlets as they grow.


Rasha Yaish

Board of Directors

A global citizen who now makes Toronto her home, Rasha Yaish is a marketing specialist with 20 years of diverse experience in both for profit and non-profit organizations across multiple sectors such as education (specifically ESL), insurance, mental health and human rights ranging from but not limited to child rights, women rights and refugees rights. A strong believer in responsible civic engagement, she has volunteered and consulted with Right To Play International, LifeLine Syria, BC Sustainable Energy Association, among others. She Managed the Fundraising and PR department at the SOS Children’s Villages back in Jordan and worked as Regional Human Rights Coordinator( Middle East) for the Dutch Human Rights Organization Pax Christ International.

Having a keen interest in local and international grassroots movements with an appreciation for arts in general, Rasha will bring in her skills in partnership development, project management and marketing to Street Arts International.