With the temperatures steadily dropping day after day, we are all grateful for the roofs over our heads and the clothes on our backs. But, it is also an important time to remember those less fortunate.
Youth on Fire, in Harvard Square is a offshoot program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. The program operates as a drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth ages 14-24. The shelter is hosting their annual Art and Talent Show tonight December 10th from 6-8:30PM at 1555 Mass Ave.
The primary goals of Youth on Fire are to respond to the basic and urgent needs of homeless and street-involved youths who are at the highest risk for communicable diseases and victimization; to connect those youths to age-appropriate services including mental health and medical care; to create safe and supportive relationships with a strong sense of community; and to partner with community and civic organizations to address and solve the long- and short-term effects of youth homelessness.
Youth on Fire offers homeless and street-involved youths hot meals, showers, laundry, lockers, phone and voicemail services, mental health services, medical care and educational workshops.
Their annual Art and Talent Show is held in addition to the support Youth on Fire offers and allows its members to showcase their talents and sell their artwork. The event celebrates young members’ creativity, strength and resiliency. All sales of artwork go directly to the young adult who made it. A $5 donation at the door is suggested.
If you’re searching for ideas for holiday gifts, looking to add a little flair to the walls of your apartment or simply just want to see the amazing products and incredible work that Youth on Fire does, head down to Harvard tonight and check out The Art and Talent Show. Now, especially is the season to give back, and we all could lend a hand.