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A common challenge for many adolescents is finding healthy outlets where they can explore their interests in constructive ways. For many youth who come into our care and custody, individual access to healthy outlets can sometimes be a significant challenge.

DYS Showcase 2015One way the Department of Youth Services builds access to enriching opportunities for youth involved in the Massachusetts juvenile justice system is through a special event that showcases their talents and positive achievements.

On Wednesday, May 27, the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) in partnership with youth workforce and education providers: The Commonwealth Corporation and the Collaborative for Educational Services, will host the 3rd Annual DYS Youth Showcase:  Share Your Art, Share Your Voice at Space 57 in the Boston Theatre District.

See Us This Way Photography Project

Often, youth in the juvenile justice system are perceived through negative images and beliefs. In the See Us This Way photography project, Massachusetts DYS youth were asked to challenge this perception and express how they see themselves. See Us This Way Exhibit will be a part of the 2015 DYS Youth Showcase

Share Your Art, Share Your Voice is a statewide exhibition that illustrates the potential of youth committed to the Department of Youth Services and acknowledges the passion and commitment of the workforce that supports them.

The event aims to create a positive social-cultural outlet and illustrates the Department’s mission of helping court-involved youth make progress towards their educational, behavioral, vocational and relational goals.

Through the arts and being involved in positive developmental opportunities, youth find their voice and better understand their ability to channel their talents and accomplishments in productive ways.

DYS youth help lead the design, planning and staging of this event.  Youth will perform, showcase their art and help present career-readiness and employability programming.

All youth contributions to the showcase draw on various aspects of the DYS educational/vocational continuum of services and all of the artwork featured will be created by DYS youth in residential programs or by youth attending DYS programs in their local communities. The events of the day include youth performances through spoken word poetry, Shakespeare, and music. Over 300 pieces artwork are expected to be available for sale with proceeds supporting youth artists.

We look forward to this event and registration closes soon so confirm your attendance today by going here: http://goo.gl/kBMVm7
If you would like to learn more about the Department of Youth Services and the 2015 Youth Showcase, click here: Share Your Art, Share Your Voice Video

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Communications Coordinator, Department of Youth Services

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