Benefit Art Show Featuring San Diego Youth Services H&nds Project June 25, 2010

Benefit Art Show Featuring San Diego Youth Services H&nds Project

Featuring art therapy that gives a voice to San Diego’s at-risk, abused and homeless youth.

WHAT AN AMAZING EVENT on June 25, 2010!  All the art was auctioned and SOLD to raise much needed funds and awareness for the project.

Thank you to all the sponsors – Alexander Salazar Fine Art,Kien Lieu,  Trumer Pilsner, Artera Wine, Urban Bar & Grill  and Vitamin Water.

San Diego Youth Services is one of It’s All About the Kids’ Alliance Charities. We were proud to support this event and to continue to support this project.

San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) H&nds Project was created through our Expressive Arts Therapy Program, as a way for the at-risk, abused and homeless youth we serve to tell their stories while respecting their confidentiality. The project was created to help youth therapeutically through the arts. The youth served by SDYS are survivors of abuse, neglect, prostitution or human trafficking. They wrote messages on their hands which were then photographed as a format that protected their anonymity. The art therapy project has given these youth a voice to express what they wanted to say about their traumatic lives of abuse and neglect.

Through the H&nds Project, the wider community is also able to interact in the arts for healing and understanding the very complex and hidden world of youth homelessness, abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. The power of the project lies in a shared art process that is simple enough for everyone to participate in, yet produces very powerful art works that act as intermediaries to promote conversation, education, advocacy, and dismantling stereotypes on both sides. This photo narrative is in the process of being put into a book, where the youth are empowered to be in control of the images, in addition to increasing awareness and visibility for this very crucial subject. Some of these images can be viewed at:

About San Diego Youth Services: (SDYS) is a nationally recognized, comprehensive non-profit organization that has helped stabilize the lives of more than a half-million young people and their families since 1970. Every day we work to fight the tragedies of homeless youth and youth in crisis. We administer our programs from fifteen locations throughout San Diego County. Our approach is based on practices that have proven to be effective — focusing on long-term solutions. Many of our programs are replicated in communities across the nation. To lean more about SDYS visit