Our street youth art program, ‘Passion for Youth’ is making an impact on young people’s lives. Last year we had nine street-engaged youth in our pilot program and some great things happened over the ten months we were together: four kids moved from the streets into housing, three obtained employment, one finished high school and two came to faith in Christ.
Currently we have thirteen kids involved in our art program (had fourteen, but one moved to Vancouver) and things are progressing well. Volunteer mentors meet with the kids monthly to set and work towards personal life goals, and already four of the kids have achieved their goals: they have entered specific programs to reduce their drug use, and two of these have found jobs!
This coming Monday, June 14th, the kids will be showing their artwork in a special art exhibit, and YOU ARE INVITED! Here are the details:
Dominion Chalmers United Church
255 Metcalf Street, Ottawa (Lisgar Street Entrance)
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
$5 admission charge (to go towards the art program. You may make an additional donation if you like).
Desserts will be served and you can come and talk to the kids about their art work, the program and more. Max, one of our youth, will be sharing some songs and music on the piano/guitar and the kids have created a ‘hands-on’ art exhibit where you can be creative and do your own art piece. The youth will supervise this and help you along if you need some assistance.
So come out and support this worthy endeavour. Come and bring some encouragement and hope to these youth who are trying to achieve a higher quality of life.
Who knows? You just might find some of your own hidden talents!