On June 11, the halls of the State House were filled with the artwork and accomplishments of the young people in DYS. Hundreds of supporters came to celebrate the Department of Youth Services’ first youth showcase including guest speaker, Secretary Polanowicz. “Today’s showcase is tangible evidence of the importance of investing in programs that offer pathways for youth to be creative and successful,” said Polanowicz during his keynote remarks.
The 5-hour showcase entitled “Share Your Art- Share Your Voice” featured youth artwork, theatrical performances, personal testimonials, and displays of grantees that provide high-quality education and employability opportunities for youth committed to DYS.
The Department of Youth Services’ youth showcase was an extremely successful event that reflected the positive achievements of our youth and the Department’s tremendous work with young people. All of the work was created by young people in DYS residential programs or by youth participating in programs in their local communities. Various DYS programs and community partnerships had tables displayed throughout the State House illustrating how the Department supports youth towards achieving educational, social, and vocational goals.
“This event is an unbelievable example of how our staff creates vital connections to engage and encourage positive changes in our young people,” said DYS Commissioner Peter Forbes.
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Coffee and a Familiar Face posted on Aug 11
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A New Hope for Women with Addictions posted on Aug 8
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