The Issue: Struggles of Runaway and Homeless Youth
Art from Ashes organizes programs for youth staying at Urban Peak, a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness. Approximately 1,200 youths aged 13–24 are homeless in Denver every night, according to a report from Urban Peak. More than half of runaway youth were told to leave by their parents or had parents who knew they were leaving, one-third have attempted suicide, and approximately 80 percent of runaway and homeless girls have suffered sexual or physical abuse.
The Campaign: Poetry Workshop for Struggling Youth
If this Grassroots campaign raises $330, then Art from Ashes can fund two poetry workshops for 20 youths through the Phoenix Rising poetry-and-spoken-word program. Each additional $330 will fund another two youth poetry workshops. Two facilitators run the workshops, where a guest poet provides inspiration. During the workshop, youth can use journals, writing tools, and collage and art supplies to express themselves. Each participant will also receive poet pins and stickers, along with a bottle of water and healthful snacks.
Art from Ashes board members will match up to the funding of four workshops.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Art from Ashes
Art from Ashes (AfA) promotes artistic expression among youth in the care of human services and homeless shelters as well as those dealing with abuse and poverty. Working with local organizations, AfA sponsors poetry and theater workshops for youth aged 8–24, prompting them to tap into their imaginations and create art that reflects their inner strength and the issues they have overcome. The organization’s Phoenix Rising poetry-and-spoken-word program uses words to encourage inner development and help young people connect with their communities, and its Casting Shadows theater-and-play program helps youth express their feelings in a healthy way through dramatic performance. These programs are designed to provide ongoing tools for artistic expression and engage youth in the social sphere, encouraging them to facilitate change in their communities.