Seventeen youth from Division of Youth Services (DYS) facilities took part in creating a vibrant mural on the side of a Montessori school in Curtis Park July 8-12. One of DYS’s goals is to provide opportunities for youth to make things as right as possible for those who were impacted by their crime. Reconciliations include serving on impact panels, participating in volunteer projects, and working with youth and staff in community service projects.
The mural project was a way for youth to not only build skills, but also give back to the community and help repair the harm they may have caused. Projects such as the mural involve groups, team-building activities and a clear vision of how each youth is contributing to a larger effort to improve the greater community. The youth enjoyed participating in something positive and special that would be a permanent reminder of the good things they can do.