Federal Government Holding Mural Contest for Runaway, Homeless Youth

The Family and Youth Services Bureau, a division of the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF), is hosting the eighth iteration of its mural contest for runaway and homeless youth.


Bryan Stevenson: Defeating Mass Incarceration Starts with Keeping Kids Out of Adult Facilities

Making sure that children don’t enter the adult jails and prisons should be a critical part of how the country thinks about ending mass incarceration, according to leading criminal-defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

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Fostering Art Reincarnated

For eight years, A Home Within ran a very successful program in San Francisco for current and former foster teens and young adults. Classes met once a week through the school year to focus on photography and creative writing.


Meaning in Miró: Using Art to Engage in Juvenile Facilities

One of the tough things about art is learning to accept how it makes you feel, which also happens to be one of the toughest things about life. When I painted murals at the juvenile facility I worked at, it would always garner a lot of attention from the youth in residence.


The Silence of Pictures Can Teach Us to Speak

I have always believed in the power of art to heal. As an independent art teacher to youth of many ages in extracurricular, alternative, and residential settings, I am witness to how these young people transform into happier and more confident individuals in even the shortest amount of time when allowed to paint within an environment of tolerance and celebration of the creative pursuit of their own vision.