Clutch: Program for Young Women


CLUTCH is a FREE 6-month arts-based program for young Filipina women (ages 17-24 years) to start a dialogue with each other, get mentorship from professionals within the community, have access to professional tools to hone their creativity, define their identity, explore their community, and tell their stories on their terms. Use of equipment and facilities including art studios, still cameras, video cameras, computers (Mac platform), and necessary art supplies will be provided for FREE.

Program Components

Clutch is an open-learning program that encourages the exploration of Filipino identity, culture, and history, intertwined with hands-on, technical and conceptual training in the following: 

  • music / music production
  • photography
  • film / video / broadcast media
  • theatre and performing arts
  • communication design (print and web)
  • creative writing
  • entrepreneurship / business of art practice
  • fashion design
  • retail / business management
  • visual arts

Workshops are designed to explore the self in relation to family, peers, community, nation and finally, homeland.

Workshops will explore topics including but not limited to identity, culture, oppression, race, and women’s roles in society. The goals of Clutch are to inspire critical thinking, promote self-confidence and empowerment, and provide the opportunity for participants to create their own space to learn and grow in their own way.

Clutch aims to link participants with practicing artists, artisans, arts and media professionals for internships, one-on-one mentorship, and possible collaboration. Participants will be encouraged to develop a dynamic portfolio of work, which will be showcased in a public exhibit. Participants will be guided to take the lead in coordinating and organizing exhibits and events related to the program.

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council (Volumes 1-9) and ArtReach Toronto (Volume 1-2).

Doing what you love takes strategic skills, perseverance and focus. Clutch is one of those programs where the workshops and one-on-one mentorship are provided to help guide young people towards creating sustainable livelihoods out of their passions. Having actively taken part as a mentor, I know for a fact that promoting the idea that one can take their livelihood into their own hands, instills confidence, empowerment and self-awareness.
— Christine Mangosing , Clutch Mentor

Help enrich the professional development of young Filipinas! 


A contribution of $75 to the CLUTCH Program allows a youth participant one hour of one-on-one mentorship with a relatable professional in the creative industry of their choice. 

Community Partners


How to Apply

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For questions and more information about CLUTCH, please feel free to contact us–we will be more than happy to answer your questions:

CLUTCH Vol. 9 Program Coordinator:
Carol Ann Apilado at

KAPISANAN Programs Manager:
Dorothy anne Manuel at 

Kapisanan is a brave space which integrates an anti-oppression framework for young Filipinos to express their voices, exchange ideas and explore their roots together as an empowered community.

Kapisanan Philippine Centre is a registered Canadian charity: 88838 7404 RR0001