Thirteen street youth will be presenting their art work for show and silent auction on Monday, November 15, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Dominion Chalmers United Church in Ottawa.
The kids have been preparing for this show for several months and will demonstrate techniques and applications in the course of the evening.
It’s all a part of building self-esteem and self worth into lives that have experienced only abuse and trauma. Passion for Youth, means our passion for youth, but also identifying things that the youth are passionate about, working with those in a proactive, positive way. Our mission statement: Empowering street youth by engaging their passions though ABCD (Assets Based Community Development). It seems to be working just fine.
“It’s amazing to see the difference a bit of encouragement and hope will do with these youth,” says Jason Pino, OIM’s Youth Outreach Worker. “In just a few months, we have seen kids get housing, get jobs, finish high school and begin to think about rebuilding their lives.”
Volunteer mentors spend time with the youth discovering, setting and working towards the realization of their goals. In just two months of the program, four of the young people have reached their goal of reducing their drug use, and two of these have found jobs.
Come out Monday night, check out the artwork and meet the kids. See you there!